Denver Nuggets Player News: All Positions

News: Jokic ended with 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 16 minutes during Thursday's 110-104 preseason victory over Portland.
Impact: Jokic did all of his damage in the first half, resting over the final 24 minutes. He dominated Zach Collins who was standing in for Hassan Whiteside. Jokic has, by no means, had a spectacular preseason, however, that is typically the case. Jokic is basically the consensus number six pick in almost every format. With that being said, managers may have to give him a couple of weeks to hit full stride.
News: Barton finished with 13 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-6 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 22 minutes during Thursday's 110-104 preseason victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Barton had his best game of the preseason Thursday, putting up decent contributions across the board. He appears to be battling with Torrey Craig for the starting small forward spot and was clearly the better of the two in this one. From a fantasy perspective, Barton is actually better suited to a bench role. Either way, he is more of a late-round flier until has proves otherwise.
News: Millsap (calf) is not listed on the injury report for Thursday's preseason game against the Trail Blazers, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: Millsap will return to the court for Denver's preseason finale after missing Monday's exhibition with a right calf injury. With the start of the regular season rapidly approaching, the Nuggets will likely handle the veteran with care Thursday.
News: Beasley (quadriceps) is off the injury report heading into Thursday's preseason matchup against Portland, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: Beasley had been dealing with a minor quadriceps injury which made him sit out Monday's exhibition contest. The guard will be able to get one final tuneup with the team Thursday before the regular season officially begins next Wednesday.
News: Porter Jr. tallied 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt), five rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 21 minutes during Monday's 107-102 preseason victory over Phoenix.
Impact: Porter Jr. had another impressive outing Monday, scoring 11 points on efficient shooting, adding a combined three defensive stats. He is likely to be in the rotation from opening night although his exact role remains unclear. He could be worth a look with a final-round pick and those who do take the jump may have to exercise patience before seeing any reward on their investment.
News: Plumlee had 10 points (4-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six assists, four rebounds, and two blocks in 20 minutes during Monday's 107-102 preseason victory over Phoenix.
Impact: Plumlee contributed in multiple categories Monday, with his passing game on full display. Plumlee often gets overlooked when it comes to passing big-men, due in large part to the fact he is playing behind arguably the best passing big in the NBA. Plumlee can put up handy numbers in limited minutes but would need an injury to Nikola Jokic to have any real fantasy value.
News: Harris totaled 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 25 minutes during Monday's 107-102 preseason victory over the Suns.
Impact: Harris looked like the player from 18 months ago Monday, scoring an efficient 18 points while also playing strongly on the defensive end. After a disaster campaign, Harris is a nice bounce-back candidate this season and is currently available after pick 100 in a lot of drafts. He may not be able to replicate his numbers from two seasons ago but there is certainly top-70 upside giving him nice value right now.
News: Grant finished with 22 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 8-8 FT), three steals and two rebounds in 28 minutes during Monday's 107-102 preseason victory over the Suns.
Impact: Grant played 28 minutes as a member of the starting unit Monday, leading the team with 22 points. He has looked very good thus far, however, is still likely to come off the bench behind Paul Millsap. With that being said, there is a chance he plays more minutes than the veteran and is worth consideration in standard formats, albeit towards the backend of most drafts.
News: Millsap (calf) won't play in Monday's preseason game against the Suns.
Impact: Millsap was initially considered a game-time decision due to a right calf injury, and the team has now announced that he'll miss the contest. The severity of the issue is unknown at this time, but Jerami Grant and Michael Porter are expected to see an increase in minutes until the veteran returns to health.
News: Beasley (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Monday's preseason game against the Suns.
Impact: Beasley was listed as questionable earlier in the day due to a right quad injury, and he's since been downgraded to out. He figures to have a chance to return Thursday in his squad's last preseason against Portland.
News: Craig is expected to see extended minutes in Monday's preseason game against the Suns, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.
Impact: Craig did not play in Thursday's game against the Clippers, but it appears Mike Malone will get an extended look at the wing Monday night. Per Wind, the expectation is that one of Denver's other wings -- perhaps Will Barton -- will get the night off as Denver gears up for the regular season. At this point, it's still unclear which player holds the upper hand in the battle for the starting small forward spot, and it's a position that could be somewhat of a revolving door throughout the season for one of the NBA's deepest teams.
News: Beasley is considered questionable to play Monday against the Suns due to a bruised quad, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.
Impact: The issue doesn't look to be anything serious, but Beasley's status will be something for daily fantasy players to monitor as Monday's matchup approaches.
News: Millsap is considered questionable for Monday's preseason game against the Suns, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.
Impact: This is the first we're hearing of the injury, but it doesn't look to be anything overly serious. Look for a clearer update after the team can evaluate him on Monday.
News: Beasley supplied 16 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal across 19 minutes during the Nuggets' 111-91 preseason win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Impact: Beasley outperformed starter Gary Harris (four points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal) for the second time in as many exhibitions, with the FSU product now averaging 14.0 points across the first two preseason games. Beasley took a significant step forward last season while logging a career-high 23.2 minutes per contest, averaging 11.3 points (on 47.4 percent shooting, including 40.2 percent from three-point range), 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 81 games. He'll play a key role in the backcourt rotation at minimum again this season, with Harris' elite defense likely the key to the latter holding onto the starting job for the time being.
News: Murray poured in nine points (4-7 FG, 1-3 FT) and added two rebounds, two assists and one block across 24 minutes during the Nuggets' 111-91 preseason win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Impact: Murray boosted his shooting percentage significantly Thursday after draining just three of his 10 attempts in the preseason opener versus the Trail Blazers on Tuesday. The 2016 first-round pick upped his scoring, rebounding and assist numbers for the second consecutive year last season, but he'll look to reverse the dip in shooting percentage he experienced (43.7 percent, compared to 45.1 percent in 2017-18).
News: Millsap tallied 13 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and two steals across 20 minutes in the Nuggets' 111-91 preseason win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Impact: Millsap led the first unit in scoring and checked in second to only Malik Beasley in that category on the night. The veteran forward will reprise his frontcourt partnership with Nikola Jokic for a third straight season, as the Nuggets exercised a $30 million team option this summer despite Millsap putting up his lowest scoring average (12.6 points) since the 2009-10 campaign last season. However, that downturn was primarily due to a dip in offensive usage, as Millsap's 9.5 shot attempts per contest were also his lowest figure in that category this decade.
News: Jokic (rest) furnished 10 points (5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block across 22 minutes during the Nuggets' 111-91 preseason win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Impact: Jokic had gotten the Nuggets' preseason opener Tuesday versus the Trail Blazers off for rest, but he was in the lineup as expected Thursday and put together a signature effort relative to his abbreviated playing time. Expectations are naturally through the roof for Jokic entering his fifth season after he posted career bests in points (20.1), rebounds (10.8), assists (7.3) and steals (1.4) during the 2018-19 campaign. Fantasy managers will also hope that another career-high figure generated by Jokic last season -- shot attempts per game (15.1) -- sees another boost during the coming year, given the All-Star big man's efficiency and floor-spacing ability.
News: Craig isn't in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason game against the Clippers, Chris Dempsey of the Nuggets' official site reports.
Impact: Craig will come off the bench for the second straight contest, while Will Barton gets another opportunity to prove his case for the starting small forward job. This battle figures to continue leading up to the regular season, as neither player has been able to pull noticeably ahead.
News: Barton will start Thursday's preseason game against the Clippers, Chris Dempsey of the Nuggets' official site reports.
Impact: Barton will join the starting five for the second straight contest, as Torrey Craig is set to come off the bench. Nothing is set in stone just yet, but it would appear that Barton is currently winning the battle for the starting job at small forward.
News: Jokic (rest) will play in Thursday's preseason game against the Clippers, Chris Dempsey of the Nuggets' official site reports.
Impact: Jokic is slated to make his preseason debut Thursday after sitting out Tuesday's exhibition game for rest purposes. The big man posted averages of 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists across 80 games last season.
News: Grant tallied 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt), three rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 105-94 preseason victory over Portland.
Impact: Grant showed out in his first game for the Nuggets, contributing across the board in just 21 minutes. It would appear as though he is going to come off the bench behind Paul Millsap which does limit his ceiling. That being said, he is able to put up numbers in limited playing time and there is a certainly a world in which he in on the floor more than the veteran. Grant is a player to target in the late rounds of most drafts despite an element of uncertainty.
News: Morris totaled 12 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four assists and two rebounds 19 minutes during Tuesday's 105-94 preseason victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Morris picked right up where he left off last season, scoring 12 points to go with team-high four assists. Morris was tremendous for the Nuggets last season, flirting with standard league value for periods. He is locked in as the backup point guard which does cap his value somewhat. However, he is arguably the best facilitator behind Nikola Jokic and could spend time on the floor with the starters at times. He is not worth rostering in standard formats but is worth keeping an eye on should he get hot.
News: Porter Jr. finished with nine points 4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), and three rebounds in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 105-94 preseason victory over Portland.
Impact: After missing his entire rookie season Porter has finally arrived. The second-year forward played 17 minutes, all coming in the second half, and scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting. There has been a lot of hype coming out of training camp and he certainly didn't look out of place. He has the size to play up at the four which does give him some added potential. At this stage, however, he is really just someone to roster in deeper formats.
News: Barton ended with seven points (3-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes during Tuesday's 105-94 preseason victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Barton started in the first preseason game for the Nuggets, finishing with seven points in 16 minutes. The biggest takeaway is that Barton was even on the floor given the fact it was a meaningless game. He appeared healthy and engaged, something that was quite obviously lacking last season. He is battling for the starting small forward position but to be honest, coming off the bench might put him in the best spot to put up fantasy value.
News: Millsap has been waived by the Nuggets on Monday, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: Millsap received much praise from coach Mike Malone throughout training camp but ultimately it wasn't enough to make the final cut. Millsap last appeared in the NBA for the Suns in 2016-17.
News: Gutierrez was waived by the Nuggets on Monday, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: Though the veteran point guard impressed during his limited time in training camp, Gutierrez will now have to look elsewhere as he pursues a return to the NBA. His last action came with Charlotte in the 2015-16 season.
News: Porter will play in Tuesday's preseason opener against Portland, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
Impact: This will mark the highly anticipated NBA debut for Porter, who missed all of last season while recovering from back surgery. The 2018 lottery pick was also held out of summer league, but he's now fully healthy and is expected to contribute this season for one of the league's deepest teams. "I expect to go in there [Tuesday] night and kill it," Porter said Monday.
News: Barton (hamstring) will be active for Tuesday's preseason contest against Portland, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Barton had been nursing a hamstring injury, but he'll be an option for coach Mike Malone on the wing. More interestingly, Malone noted that he's yet to decide who will begin the year as the starter at small forward, saying that no one has emerged as the top option thus far. Barton figures to be in the thick of that competition along with Torrey Craig, Malik Beasley, and perhaps even Michael Porter, Jr.
News: Jokic will not play in Denver's preseason contest against Portland on Tuesday, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Impact: As expected, Jokic will not be available during the preseason opener for the Nuggets on Tuesday. Jokic is anticipated to miss at least a couple of preseason matchups this October to ensure he's fully healthy once the start of the regular season rolls around.
News: Barton (hamstring) will participate in Friday's closed scrimmage, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: This is encouraging news for Barton, who is apparently in an open competition for the small forward job. For now, he should be considered questionable for Tuesday's preseason matchup against the Blazers.
News: Millsap agreed to a training camp deal with the Nuggets on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The younger brother of Paul Millsap, Elijah will join the Nuggets for the preseason but he's unlikely to remain on the roster long-term. Millsap has appeared in 69 career NBA games -- most recently suiting up for the Suns in 2016-17.
News: Coach Michael Malone said Thursday was the most Barton (hamstring) has practiced since the start of training camp, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Impact: Barton wasn't a full participant Thursday, though he did take part in some of the competitive portions of practice, which is a step in the right direction. He's been limited so far due to a minor hamstring injury.
News: Porter has spent time running with the Nuggets' starting group in recent practices, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Impact: NBATV cameras caught a portion of Tuesday's practice in which Porter was on the floor with Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic, potentially foreshadowing what the Nuggets hope could be their starting five of the future. Considering Porter is yet to play so much as a single second in the NBA, he'll likely be eased into action this season, but his talent and pedigree will make it difficult to keep him off the floor. "It's kind of what I expected because the team is so good and we're so deep," Porter said. "I didn't expect to come in and take 20 shots a game. I expected to slowly immerse myself into the team and be a part of it like that. For me, it's just being mature and accepting my role and excelling in it and growing from there." Porter will likely begin the year in a bench role for one of the league's deepest teams, but Kosmider notes that "in a perfect world," Porter could move into the starting lineup by the time the postseason arrives.
News: Coach Michael Malone said Barton (undisclosed) has been limited during the first two days of camp due to a minor injury, Chris Dempsey of the Nuggets' official site reports.
Impact: According to Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com, Barton has been withheld from contact drills so far in camp as he nurses an undisclosed injury that's reportedly unrelated to the hip/groin injury that plagued him for a chunk of last season. Torrey Craig and Juancho Hernangomez are both getting reps at small forward in Barton's absence.
News: Jokic is expected to sit out one or two of Denver's preseason games, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Unsurprisingly, the Nuggets will take it easy with Jokic in the early going to ensure their star center is 100 percent heading into the regular season. He averaged 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists over 80 contests a season ago and appears primed for another monster year.
News: Bol (foot) has not been cleared to participate in the preseason, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.
Impact: Bol said back in August that he's fully recovered from the foot injury that kept him out of most of his freshman year at Oregon, but apparently the Nuggets are intent on bringing him along slowly. Bol said he hopes to be back to playing live, full-contact basketball within the next month, but for now he's yet to be cleared and will likely miss the entire preseason slate.
News: Zeller and the Nuggets have agreed to a training camp contract, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: Zeller has played for four different teams across the past two seasons, spending time with Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Memphis. Across this stretch, he's averaging 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds across 16.7 minutes. Given the depth of the Nuggets' roster, it would be surprising if he made the final cut.
News: Bol and the Nuggets agreed to a two-way contract on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bol, who fell to pick 44 in the 2019 Draft, wasn't able to secure a true rookie contract with Denver. Per the nature of two-way deals, he'll spend the majority of next season in the G League developing his skills. We shouldn't expect him to see much, if any, time at the NBA level season, meaning his fantasy stock is incredibly low outside of dynasty formats.
News: Bol (foot) said he's fully recovered from the foot injury that sidelined him for much of his freshman season at Oregon, Jim Slater of the Associated Press reports. "Everything is perfect. Everything has fully healed," Bol said. "I've been working out in the morning and coming back at night."
Impact: While concerns about the foot -- as well as Bol's work ethic -- caused the 19-year-old to tumble all the way to the middle of the second round on draft night, Bol is one of the more tantalizing rookies in the 2019 class. A rare combination of size and fluidity, Bol averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in nine collegiate contests, and he hit 52 percent of his three-point attempts. Bol may struggle to find consistent opportunity on a deep Nuggets roster, but he's nonetheless a name to keep an eye on in dynasty formats. "With his length and ability to protect the rim and stretch the floor, it's a pretty rare combination," Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said of Bol. "We think his skillset, his pedigree, who he is as a guy, will fit in well in the locker room."
News: The Nuggets announced Tuesday that Cook (ankle) signed a two-way contract with the team.
Impact: Cook had already signed a contract with the team back in late June, but he wasn't able to participate in summer league due to a high ankle sprain he suffered in pre-draft workouts. Despite that, Cook will officially take up one of the Nuggets' two-way contract slots and be allowed to spend up to 45 days in the NBA during his rookie season.
News: Dozier signed a one-year contract with the Nuggets on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Dozier didn't see much NBA action a season ago, averaging 3.2 points along with 2.8 rebounds over six games with Boston. He'll likely battle for a bench role with his new squad.
News: Murray will not play for Team Canada at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Murray initially intended to join a talented Canadian roster, but he suffered an ankle injury during a recent training session and will hold himself out on what looks to be a mostly precautionary basis. It's a disappointing development for both Murray and Team Canada, but with two-plus months before the start of the NBA season, the point guard should be fully healthy for the Nuggets by the time camp rolls around.
News: Welsh was waived by the Nuggets on Tuesday, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Welsh played just 36 minutes for the Nuggets last season, spending most of his time in the G League, where he averaged 10.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.0 minutes. He also played in the 2019 summer league with Denver, but posted just 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game.