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March 13, 2014 Updates

Faried is having an impressive March, scoring 21.1 points per game and grabbing 10.1 rebounds on 64.5 percent shooting from the field. It’s clear something has changed for him. “I feel kind of disrespected,” Faried said joking and smiling at the notion that something has changed. “I’m just playing basketball, having fun and enjoying myself. There is no stress of basically having to worry about if I am getting traded; trade talks or rumors. It’s just pure basketball right now so I am having fun and enjoying that.” Basketball Insiders

Faried says having the trade talk out of the way for the time being and the support of his teammates has been the biggest change in his game. “I feel free. I feel like myself,” Faried said. “I feel like I am back in high school again or college, just playing basketball; getting post ups and touches. Everybody around me; teammates, coaches and family believe in me. When I get the ball, hey I know how to score down there and I know what I am doing.” Basketball Insiders

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Nate Robinson has certainly made the list of the missed. He's around, but not in uniform. The Nuggets' bench has suffered without him. But he'll be back. He promises. Robinson plans to be around at the start of next season. The business end of that means he'll exercise his player option to do so. Robinson signed a two-year deal with the Nuggets last summer, and that second year will pay him $2.1 million in 2014-15. He had never torn an ACL until he did so in January, which knocked him out for the season. So the rehab is all new to him. Denver Post

"Things happen," Robinson said. "God always has a plan for everybody. So, it's just another obstacle that I've got to hop over and keep pushing. But for me, it's going push me to continue to work hard. You can't take your game for granted. It just shows your character. It shows how hard and how bad you really want it. I'm a player that, I love this game. I'm going to come back strong and ready to play." Asked if he'd be ready for training camp in the fall, Robinson said, "Yeah, for sure." His production off the bench has been missed. In 44 games, he averaged 10.4 points in just under 20 minutes and shot 37.7 percent from the 3-point line. Denver Post

March 4, 2014 Updates

Darrell Arthur insists the decision isn't final, but ask him about next season and he'll tell you he's looking forward to it being in a Nuggets uniform. Arthur must make a decision about a player option for next season, the second and final year of his contract, which is due to pay him $3.45 million. "I'm just going to wait until the season is over with and talk to (Nuggets general manager) Tim (Connelly) and see what's up and go from there," Arthur said. "But I'm looking forward to coming back here. I like it here. I feel like when we're healthy, we have a great team to build with, and I want to be a part of it." Boulder Daily Camera

Going into Monday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the fifth-year pro was averaging 5.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game in a role primarily off the bench. He had one start. "As far as right now, I'm definitely looking forward to staying," Arthur said. Boulder Daily Camera

March 3, 2014 Updates

Joffrey Lauvergne, 22, is looking like a keeper, playing in Serbia. Selected with the 55th pick in last year's NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies and traded to the Nuggets on draft night, the 6-foot-11 power forward and center is turning heads — quickly and impressively. "We thought he'd make a big jump," Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said. "We're lucky to see that the jump was so dramatic and he's competing at the highest level and he's doing really well. He's a good player. We really like his intensity. We like his focus. We like that he doesn't take plays off and how tough he is." And with a nice touch that reaches out to 3-point range, he has the tools to become a nice "stretch-four" for a Nuggets team that could use that kind of versatility in its frontcourt. The Nuggets hope to have the native of France in uniform at summer league this July. Denver Post

One of Lauvergne's best friends is Nuggets guard Evan Fournier. "The thing is in France, coaches don't play young guys for some reason," Fournier said. "I had a hard time playing my first year. So he was playing like 15 minutes (a game) overseas. Then he went to Partizan, the coach played him and he showed what he could do. I knew he was that good. He's just got to show it. There's a difference between knowing it and showing it." Denver Post

March 1, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Nuggets Retired Numbers: (2) Alex English (33) David Thompson (40) Byron Beck (44) Dan Issel (432) Doug Moe Guessing Dikembe Mutombo next. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

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