Denver Nuggets Rumors
Will Barton, meanwhile, is in constant search of a chip on his shoulder to lean on. Years past it has been easier to find. Now he’s being praised after a breakout season that landed him in the thick of the conversation for postseason awards, that had other teams offering first-round picks to nab him, and that had opponents highlighting him on scouting reports as a player to stop. “People know I can play,” Barton said. “They won’t be surprised.”
As part of the 2016-17 home-opener festivities, the Denver Nuggets will retire former legend Dikembe Mutombo’s #55 jersey, President and Governor Josh Kroenke announced today. Mutombo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2015 and will become the fifth player and sixth representative in team history to have his number enshrined in the rafters. He joins fellow Nuggets greats Byron Beck (#40), Alex English (#2), Dan Issel (#44), David Thompson (#33) and Doug Moe, who coached the team to a franchise-record 432 wins. This will mark the first time that the Nuggets have retired a player’s number at Pepsi Center.
Jordi Fernandez is leaving his position as coach of Cavs D-League affiliate Canton Charge to join Mike Malone’s bench on the Denver Nuggets, the Charge announced Tuesday. There was no immediate word on a replacement for Fernandez who, for what it’s worth, leaves as the winningest coach in Charge history with a 62-38 record in two seasons. The Charge reached the conference finals in each of Fernandez’s two years.
The Denver Nuggets have signed F Robbie Hummel, G/F D.J. Kennedy, F Jarnell Stokes and G Nate Wolters to contracts, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Chris Dempsey: #Nuggets have added assistant Chris Finch to the coaching staff. In addition the team has added Stephen Graham as player development coach. This is an addition to the already reported hiring of Jordi Fernandez to the #Nuggets staff
Chris Dempsey: According to the #Nuggets, they have promoted five, many of which The Post has already reported. The full list of promoted coaches: Wes Unseld, Micah Nori and Ryan Bowen. Ognjen Stojakovic has been promoted from assistant video coordinator to player development coach. Tommy Massimino Jr. was a video intern last season. He is now the assistant video coordinator. This completes a summer of #Nuggets staff shuffling. John Beckett, btw, continues his role in player development, where he’s excelled.