Denver Nuggets Player News: All Positions

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.
News: Cancar will sign a contract with the Nuggets, Kendra Andrews of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Cancar was a second-round pick in 2017 that Denver has been stashing overseas. Last season, with the Spanish club San Pablo Burgos, he averaged 10.4 points and 3.8 rebounds.
News: Welsh totaled 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 28 minutes during the Nuggets' 95-82 loss to the Celtics in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The second-year center showed well in extended playing time Tuesday after having seeing a more modest 16 minutes during his first game in Las Vegas. Welsh logged 11 games of regular-season action last season as a rookie, averaging just 3.3 minutes over those contests. The 2018 second-round pick did also see 20 games of G League action and will look to continue making a strong impression for what remains of summer league play.
News: Vanderbilt finished with 12 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-4 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 23 minutes during the Nuggets' 95-82 loss to the Celtics in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The 2018 second-round pick paced the Nuggets in boards while checking in second to Brandon Goodwin in scoring. Vanderbilt saw action in 17 regular-season games for Denver last season as a 19-year-old rookie, and he's receiving some valuable game reps thus far in Las Vegas. Through two games in the tournament, Vanderbilt has averaged 8.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals across 24.0 minutes.
News: Goodwin pitched in 28 points (10-18 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four assists and one steal across 28 minutes during the Nuggets' 95-82 loss to the Celtics in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The 2018 undrafted rookie was outstanding in a losing effort, remaining red-hot throughout the contest. Goodwin was less prolific but similarly impressive during his one prior summer league contest, posting 16 points, seven assists, three rebounds and one steal across 28 minutes against the Magic on Sunday. He'll look to continue making an impression in the hopes of garnering additional opportunity to showcase his skills in training camp.
News: Lyles had his qualifying offer rescinded by the Nuggets on Monday and will now be an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This move was expected after the Nuggets traded for Jerami Grant on Monday to shore up their frontcourt depth, leaving Lyles as the odd man out in Denver. At just 23 years old, Lyles still boasts plenty of potential as a stretch four, but coming off a 2018-19 campaign where he shot just 25.5 percent from behind the arc isn't very encouraging. Regardless, Lyles should still have league-wide interest given his versatility in the frontcourt.
News: Grant was traded to the Nuggets on Monday in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Thunder continue to move in a new direction following the Paul George trade to the Clippers, as the move not only gives them yet another first-round pick, but it also saxes them a ton of money in tax penalties. In Denver, Grant will likely see a slightly reduced role with the presence of Paul Millsap, but he gives the Nuggets a legitimate backup and reliable insurance at the power forward position. Grant is coming off a career-best season in 2018-19, where he averaged 13.6 points while shooting 39.2 percent from behind the arc.
News: Cancar collected 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), five rebounds, and two assists in 25 minutes during Sunday's 84-79 win over the Magic.
Impact: Cancar was effective as a scorer and had a decent game despite finishing with more turnovers (three) than assists. With hopes of Cancar joining the fold for the 2019-20 season, he'll look to continue making a good impression here in summer league.
News: Porter (knee) noted in an interview that he thinks he'll be able to "get out there" later in summer league, Ryan Greene of CBS Denver reports.
Impact: While the decision ultimately rests with the team, Porter is optimistic about his chances of recovering from a sprained knee in time to make a summer league appearance. There's plenty of reason to be cautious during exhibition play, but Porter also expressed in the interview how much he's been looking forward to 2019 summer league.
News: Porter suffered a left knee sprain during a scrimmage Wednesday and is not expected to play in summer league, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Porter, a top high school prospect heading into the 2017-18 college season, missed all of last year due to a back injury. He was in line to make his professional debut at the 2019 summer league, but it looks like that won't be the case. There are no indications that the injury is serious, so Porter should be ready for training camp.
News: Porter will not have any restrictions when the Las Vegas Summer League begins Friday, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: Nearly two months ago, it was reported that Porter would be ready for summer league after sitting out his entire rookie season, and he's only made more progress since then. The No. 14 overall pick in 2017 will be among the most buzzed-about players in Las Vegas, and he figures to play a key role for a Nuggets team that also includes Jarred Vanderbilt and Thomas Welsh.
News: Murray agreed to a five-year, $170 million contract with the Nuggets on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Murray was impressive throughout the 2018-2019 campaign, scoring 18.2 points while dishing out 4.8 assists over 75 games. These career-high numbers have earned him a huge payday, and he figures to be in line to produce at a similar clip heading into the upcoming season.
News: Lyles was extended a qualifying offer by the Nuggets on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Lyles held a solid role with the Nuggets last season, playing in 64 games and seeing 17.5 minutes per appearance. However, his efficiency slipped compared to his first year in Denver. Despite that, the Nuggets are still interested in possibly bringing Lyles back. He'll be entering his age 23 season next year, and he's shown potential as a stretch forward with good rebounding ability.
News: The Nuggets exercised Millsap's $30 million team option for 2019-20 on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Given the hefty price tag, Millsap's status for the upcoming season was uncertain. Based on the decision, Denver now looks set to prioritize roster continuing heading into the 2019-20 season, which may hinder the team's efforts to pursue any marquee free agents this summer. The veteran power forward has averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.9 triples across 28.1 minutes per game through his first two seasons with the Nuggets..
News: Bol will not participate in summer league, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: In line with what was previously reported, Bol will not play in summer league. A specific reason has yet to be given, but it's possible the team doesn't believe he's fully healthy from his foot injury. Or, there might be a belief Bol needs to get stronger before participating in full-speed game action. Either way, the next opportunity we'll have to see the rookie is the preseason.
News: President of basketball operations for the Nuggets, Tim Connelly, noted that he's unsure if Bol will participate in Summer League, Katy Winge of Altitude TV reports. The big man is expected to be there, but likely just as an observer.
Impact: Though Bol re-iterated Monday that his surgically repaired left foot is completely healed, it appears Denver wants to be extra cautious with him. It's unlikely Bol will play a significant role for the Nuggets next season, so the upcoming year may be about getting him stronger and keeping him healthy while he works on his game.
News: Bol said Monday that his surgically repaired left foot is "100 percent healed," the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Bol slid all the way to the middle of Round 2 in Thursday's draft, but he landed in an interesting spot with the Nuggets, who will likely be patient with the 19-year-old's development. "We're not concerned as to why he fell," Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said. "We feel very fortunate that he fell. As the night progressed, we got pretty aggressive. Here's a guy that we had circled much higher on the board. We didn't have him where we picked him - we had him much, much higher." Bol, who only played nine games at Oregon before suffering a stress fracture, said he's been cleared for on-court work for about a month, but he's been slowly working his way back toward full-speed workouts. As one of the deeper teams in the West, the Nuggets probably don't expect to get much out of Bol in Year 1, but the 7-2 big man said he hopes his rookie season is more than a developmental year. "My plan is hopefully to play this season, but it's up to my team if they want to just focus on me getting stronger," Bol said.
News: Bol (foot) was selected by the Nuggets with the 44th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: There are no questions surrounding Bol's talent, as the 7-footer is incredibly skilled for someone his size. He played in just nine games at Oregon before suffering a season-ending foot injury, but in that time, he averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game while shooting 52 percent from behind the arc. The reason for Bol's drop in Thursday's draft stems from his health, as he is already dealing with foot issues that have plagued a number of big men, and his motor, but if Bol can stay healthy and put it all together, he could end up being the steal of the draft given his sky-high potential.