The moment is almost here! With the Denver Nuggets wrapping up the preseason on Thursday there’s nothing left to do but play the games that count. Certain parts of the rotation still seem to be up in the air though.
Nuggets wrap up preseason undefeated, still no decision at SF
Denver tallied two more wins this week, first taking care of the Phoenix Suns down in Phoenix and then getting a victory against the backup squad for the Portland Trail Blazers in a final tune up before the regular season. Michael Porter Jr. fans were struck a blow when he did not see minutes in what appeared to be the regular rotation in the final game against the Blazers, but coach Michael Malone said nothing has been decided just yet.
If you’re wondering about the small forward position Coach Malone has your answer... pic.twitter.com/JR5CPEdIj3— Jena Garcia (@VidaVivaDiva) October 18, 2019
The home opener will be on TV!!!
With the Altitude TV vs Comcast/Dish/Direct TV feud still not resolved, the network started making other plans to get the games to a wider audience. Altitude struck a deal with local station KTVD (My20) channel 20 to air the Nuggets home opener against the Suns on Friday, October 25th. On a more long term outlook, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reported that Altitude has had “positive activity” with a least one of the major broadcast partners.
Great news for #Nuggets fans!— Tom Green (@TGreenDenver) October 18, 2019
We're partnering with @AltitudeTV & will be airing the Nuggets home opener on KTVD (Chan. 20)
Thursday, 10/25 - Suns/Nugs 7PM
Altitude will be handling all production aspects, but you can watch the game on TV (like you used to do)!#nuggetsnation
From last night: Altitude Sports and one of the Big 3 distributors have had positive talks on a potential long-term solution. Talks began this past weekend and are ongoing. https://t.co/IauKsr4f7f— Mike Singer (@msinger) October 16, 2019
Nuggets part ways with Tyler Cook & Tyler Zeller, ink P.J. Dozier
Denver did make a couple roster moves this week, as is always the case when preseason comes to an end. The Nuggets had one guaranteed roster spot available however they chose to keep that slot unfilled. Instead they released Tyler Cook from his two-way contract and signed guard P.J. Dozier to two-way deal instead. Dozier has impressed the coaching staff throughout the preseason and as a combo guard can help shore up some depth at the point guard position where the Nuggets are thinner than any other spot on their roster. It’s not all bad news for Cook either as he didn’t even make it past the waiver wire. The Cleveland Cavaliers were quick to scoop up the young forward. The Nuggets also released Tyler Zeller, who had mixed results in the preseason.
Cavs claimed Tyler Cook off of waivers after he was waived by Denver, sources told @TheAthleticNBA . He will remain on his two-way deal, which will be the second one for the Cavs.— Kelsey Russo (@kelseyyrusso) October 18, 2019
NBA GMs weigh in
NBA.com conducted their 18th annual survey of NBA GMs on a variety of predictions for the upcoming season. The Nuggets fared well being picked as one of the top teams in the conference, the most fun team to watch in the NBA and Nikola Jokic was chosen as the best center in the NBA. In case you’re wondering, that’s not a new sea in Philadelphia, just the tears of thousands of Sixers fans.
Fun moment of the week: Jamal Murray takes issue with Malik Beasley’s flying habits
Shout out to our friends over at r/denvernuggets on reddit for finding this gem. We all know Jamal and Malik are good friends, but apparently they have their differences when it comes to travel.
Another great week of pod content for you including the season premier of The Dig! These guys are coming in hot with an all new, incredibly innovative series called Breaking Basketball: A NuggLife story. Make sure to check out the entire week of pods on the Denver Stiffs podcast channel and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to get new episodes as soon as they are available.