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April 18, 2014 Updates

If there was any doubt as to which side of the Kenneth Faried fence Nuggets coach Brian Shaw currently sits, there isn’t any more. “I definitely want to have him back,” Shaw said. “And expect to have him back.” Denver Post

Gallinari will bounce back and forth between Denver and Italy most of the summer. He's not sure whether he will practice with the Italian national team. Doctors would like him to do that to help him prepare for Denver's training camp. "When we talk about the schedule, I'll be ready for training camp," Gallinari said. "By the end of May, I'll be able to do most of the activities that I can possibly do. So in the summer I'll be able to practice a little bit with the national team just to get a feel." Denver Post

April 16, 2014 Updates

In this Clippers game against the Nuggets, Chris Paul pulled a herky-jerky baseline move that just left Evan Fournier pondering exactly where his man was. He was possibly also pondering existential questions like “What is basketball?” and “What does it really mean to ‘guard’ someone?” but that’s just conjecture on my part. For The Win

April 13, 2014 Updates

Gallinari was not available for Saturday night's game, but it was an important step for him just to be there — to be on the bench with his teammates. He hadn't been there all season, rehabbing and getting additional surgery on a torn ACL. He is not going to play in either of the last two games. Gallo just wanted to be there. "He asked if he could do that," said coach Brian Shaw. "Being injured, you're on the team, but you don't really feel like you've really been part of the team — not going through the practices and some of the same things that the other guys have had to endure and go through. Denver Post

Orlando Magic fans have kept a close eye on the Knicks' performance throughout the 2013/14 season, and for good reason: as a result of the Dwight Howard trade in August 2012, the Magic will receive a first-round Draft choice in 2014 from either the Knicks or the Denver Nuggets, whichever selection is less favorable. Around OPP, we've termed that selection the WoNK pick. In conjunction with Orlando's own first-rounder, which will likely land among the top seven, the WoNK gives the Magic another asset as they look to rebuild. Orlandoinstripedpost.com

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Mozgov ended with 23 points and 29 boards in Nuggets’ victory over Golden State. But TV showed that Mozgov had 93 points. Sportando

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Brian Shaw? The fellow former Laker would certainly be a strong candidate but is in his first season as head coach of the Denver Nuggets. Kurt Rambis, the former Minnesota Timberwolves coach, current Lakers assistant and Jackson protégé? Who knows. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins? Perhaps. USA Today Sports

April 8, 2014 Updates

Faried had been agitating for an increased role in Denver’s offense since Brian Shaw took over as coach, but his chance didn’t really come until Ty Lawson went down with ankle and foot issues just before the All-Star break. Shaw told the team it would need to find other sources of scoring, and Faried volunteered that this might be the perfect time to lean on his post-up game. The results have been, frankly, kind of stunning, and present the Nuggets with a dilemma they likely didn’t expect six months ago, when they asked a targeted handful of teams whether they might be interested in acquiring Faried in exchange for a 2014 first-round pick or quality wing player on a rookie deal, per sources around the league. Grantland

Denver was willing to trade Faried in part because it feared he would demand an eight-figure salary in free agency, and perhaps even draw an offer sheet from another team carrying that kind of payday. (Faried is eligible for an extension after this season, and if he and the Nuggets can’t agree on one before October 31, he will become a restricted free agent after next season.) That’s too much for a below-average defender who can’t shoot or get buckets in the half-court, especially under Shaw, who prizes well-rounded bigs. Grantland

April 7, 2014 Updates

Faried said he's not worried about any of that. But he's also not sure if he'll be around at the start of next season. "I don't know, honestly," Faried said. "I just don't know. It's the NBA. You can't be too secure anywhere. I thought Nene was going to be a Nugget for the rest of his life, and he just got traded out of nowhere. That was the first big trade I ever saw in my life, and it baffled me because he was a great player here and he was here a long time. He finally bought his house out here and the next thing you know he was gone. You can never be too secure." Denver Post

April 6, 2014 Updates

If that's the route they want to go, the Nuggets can figure out the finances and broach the subject of extension talks with Faried's agent after the July moratorium this summer. Faried said he's not worried about any of that. But he's also not sure if he'll be around at the start of next season. "I don't know, honestly," Faried said. "I just don't know. It's the NBA. You can't be too secure anywhere. I thought Nene was going to be a Nugget for the rest of his life, and he just got traded out of nowhere. That was the first big trade I ever saw in my life, and it baffled me because he was a great player here and he was here a long time. He finally bought his house out here and the next thing you know he was gone. You can never be too secure." Denver Post

April 5, 2014 Updates

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was held out of the Nuggets starting lineup Friday at Memphis after the point guard missed a morning breakfast meeting. "Things happen," coach Brian Shaw said. "Guys are late from time to time, and they miss things from time to time. It's not the first time that this happened with our team. It's the first time with him this season, but that's been my standard for when guys miss something like that. "Quincy Miller missed something earlier in the year when he was starting, and he didn't end up starting that particular night." Denver Post

April 3, 2014 Updates

I mentioned the trade rumors that troubled Faried to Denver general manager Tim Connelly, and before I could formulate anything resembling a semi-intelligent question, Connelly painfully contorted his face like a dude who had swallowed a spoonful of cinnamon on a dare. "Pshaw," Connelly said. Loose translation: Trade the Manimal? Are you kidding? "In the last six weeks of the season, there are only a handful of players in the league who have been better than Kenneth Faried," Connelly said. "He rebounds like he's 7-feet tall. His intensity and toughness overcomes his lack of size. His shooting percentage is high. And, of course, his energy level in contagious. In a lot of ways, Faried determines how we play." Denver Post

April 2, 2014 Updates

The NBA admitted a mistake was made Monday night at the end of the Nuggets' loss at home to Memphis. "Upon review at the league office, we have confirmed that a free throw taken by Memphis' Courtney Lee with 0.7 seconds remaining in the game did not touch the rim," the league said in a statement. "A violation should have been called with Denver inbounding the ball with 0.7 seconds left on the clock. Since the Nuggets had no timeouts remaining, they would not have been able to advance the ball to the frontcourt." Denver Post

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