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LOS ANGELES — The Denver Nuggets have been on the road for the last eight days. They looked like it Tuesday, at least for the first half. In their second preseason matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Nuggets missed their first 12 three-point attempts and didn't convert from beyond the arc until the 2:53 mark of the second quarter....

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SAN DIEGO — Isaiah Thomas is small in stature, but the aura that followed the former NBA most valuable player candidate on Nuggets media day was one of the main takeaways from the official start to Denver’s season. As the Nuggets wrapped up their first training camp practice Tuesday at San Diego State University, Thomas’ presence again stood out, even…...

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The commercial flights instead of the team charter, solo practices and pre-game cramming sessions with Nuggets coaches paid off in the end for Torrey Craig. Craig, who logged 39 games last season for Denver under a two-way contract and averaged 4.2 points in 16.1 minutes per game, inked a two-year $4 million contract with the Nuggets earlier this month. He became…...

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Monte Morris went into Summer League with one goal in mind: to win the Nuggets’ backup point guard job. In reality, that might have been an unattainable aspiration for the 23-year-old who only logged 25 minutes with Denver last season. But even though the Nuggets signed Isaiah Thomas to a veteran’s minimum contract to back up starting point guard Jamal…...

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Kenrich Williams did everything right over the Nuggets’ first four games at Summer League, except score. In Denver’s Summer League opener, Williams pulled down eight rebounds in just 17 minutes and throughout the rest of the showcase played exceptional defense and showed off a high basketball IQ and feel for the game. But Williams tallied just 10 points on 5-17…...

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LAS VEGAS — Monte Morris stamped out any faint hope the Milwaukee Bucks were clinging to. In the final game of group play Monday at NBA Summer League, the Bucks were in possession down five with 20 seconds to go. D.J. Wilson got jammed up along the three-point arc and tried to find teammate Jordan Barnett, but Morris read the…...

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The Nuggets’ search for their backup point guard is over. Denver has agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract with Isaiah Thomas, a league source confirmed to BSN Denver. The signing was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski....

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LAS VEGAS — By the time Thursday afternoon rolls around and tournament play is well underway at Summer League, few media members, front office executives or coaches actually want to be here. Everyone is exhausted, both mentally and physically. Seven-straight days of 100-plus degree heat and hours upon hours of meaningless basketball played by mostly NBA journeymen leads to arguments about Cedi…...

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LAS VEGAS — DeVaugh Akoon-Purcell caught the ball on the right side of the floor, charged downhill and crashed into a couple Milwaukee Bucks. The referee blew his whistle, and even though Akoon-Purcell earned a trip to the free throw line he still let out a manic yell after his shot didn’t drop into the basket for a potential and-one.…...

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LAS VEGAS — The Denver Nuggets came into their second Summer League game shorthanded. Tyler Lydon and Thomas Welsh, two starters who suited up Friday, weren’t in the lineup. Lydon was resting while Welsh was out with a sore shoulder. Their absence meant the Nuggets were depending heavily on their starting backcourt of Monte Morris and Malik Beasley. Those two…...

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LAS VEGAS — Monte Morris entered NBA Summer League with the understanding that it was an audition. “My job is to go out … and show everyone I can be a backup in this league and run a unit,” he said last week. Morris is aware of the gaping hole in Denver’s rotation at point guard behind Jamal Murray, and…...

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LAS VEGAS — If Summer League is indeed Monte Morris’ chance to earn the Nuggets’ backup point guard job, he certainly began the Las Vegas showcase on the right foot. Morris started at point guard for Denver in its opener, scored a team-high 15 points, ran the offense effectively in his 29 minutes and guided the Nuggets to a 70-69…...

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