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December 21, 2014 Updates

The bad news keeps coming for Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari. Following his best game of the season, Gallinari was diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his right knee. He is expected to undergo surgery in the next couple of days, and there is a tentative three-week timetable for his return. Denver Post

John Schuhmann: ACL tear was left knee. This is the right. RT @JetStar31: @John Schuhmann was that same knee as previous injury? Twitter @johnschuhmann

With a roster full of players coveted across the league, the Nuggets are within a maximum three-week window to take a big step forward and join the playoff hunt in earnest or start retooling the roster. "The next couple of weeks is a pivotal point in our season to see which direction we're going to go," said Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly. It's been a roller-coaster ride for the Nuggets, who began the season 1-6, then went 8-2 and then slid again. Denver Post

The Nuggets have made and fielded calls about trades from across the league. With a roster full of players with tradeable contracts — outside of JaVale McGee's two years at $24 million (including this season) left — it's not difficult to find trade partners. Pretty much every player on the roster has been inquired about multiple times, except McGee, who is now injured. Denver Post

The comfort Fournier has gained in Orlando doesn’t mean he was eager to leave Denver. “I was so mad [after the trade], I was upset,” he said. “But I think it’s human, when you’re traded I don’t think you realize what’s going on. It’s just, ‘Oh, they don’t want me anymore.’ After two or three hours I talked to my agent and I realized it was a great trade for me against a guy [Afflalo] that averaged 18 points a game, so it means I have some value. So I was very excited.” Boston Globe

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December 17, 2014 Updates

After his floundering Minnesota Timberwolves lost to Wittman’s Wizards on Tuesday night, 106-95, Saunders, who coached John Wall for his first 99 NBA games (and McGee for 181 games), was asked where Washington’s All-Star point guard has most improved since entering the league. Part of the coach’s answer: “It’s a little bit different throwing the ball to Nene, Gortat, and Paul Pierce than it is throwing it to JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, and those guys. So they’ve done a good job of getting a supporting cast that works with him.” Truth About It

December 16, 2014 Updates
December 15, 2014 Updates

The Hornets have regretted signing guard Lance Stephenson to a free-agent deal over the summer and are trying to trade him. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and FOX Sports 1, the Hornets tried to deal Stephenson back to the Indiana Pacers. The Brooklyn Nets are another possibility. Also, I've heard the Denver Nuggets mentioned recently. FoxSports.com

A number of executives view the Denver Nuggets as prime sellers between now and the trade deadline, and it makes sense. The Nuggets are stocked with talented, reasonably priced role players, but they lack a single star player to carry them. Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov, both acquired in the Carmelo Anthony trade in 2011, have garnered a ton of interest, per rival executives. Bleacher Report

December 14, 2014 Updates

JaVale McGee's long injury saga has taken yet another negative turn. The Nuggets reserve center is expected to be out a "significant" amount of time after he aggravated a muscle near the tibia in which he had a stress fracture repaired, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said Sunday. "I heard six weeks at one point," Shaw said. "I don't know. I don't think he's anywhere close to coming back right now." Denver Post

The Cavaliers have also asked about Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov, but were rebuffed. Denver would probably make JaVale McGee available, but no one would touch him and his $11 million contract. McGee is long and could be a major shot-blocker, but he doesn’t have the necessary mettle needed on a championship team. News-Herald

The Nuggets won't practice again until Tuesday, meaning if all goes well, Robinson's best chance for getting into a game likely will be Wednesday night against Houston at the Pepsi Center. "I had a pretty bad knee to the back," Robinson said. "It's probably one of the worst pains I've ever felt in live action, besides playing football. But me, if I'm not playing, I'm really hurt. That's my thing. I hate being out. I want to help this team get to win every game possible. I want to bring my energy, but I know my health is important. And I want to last in the league for a while. I'm not going to force a couple of games when my back's not right. So right now, I'm just day to day. Getting healthy is my main concern." Denver Post



Carmelo Anthony is way up there, but can't beat two legends from the run-and-gun teams of the 80's.


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