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Source: Denver Nuggets Invite Three Former D-Leaguers to Training Camp

Sep 17, 2010 – 7:44 PM
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The Denver Nuggets have invited former NBA Development League players Courtney Sims, Shane Edwards and Gary Forbes to participate in their training camp according to a league source.

With just 12 players currently under contract with the Nuggets, chances are good at least one of the three players are able to make Denver's regular season roster provided nothing happens before the season with the Carmelo Anthony situation.

Sims (pictured right) is probably the most well-known player of the three as the 6-foot-10 center has been under contract with four separate NBA teams, most recently with the New York Knicks. He also had short stints with the Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Hornets and Knicks from 2006-2008. The fact that Sims has been with four NBA teams isn't something the 26-year-old takes pride in, however, as he told Fanhouse in July "I consider myself a rookie because I really haven't gotten a chance to play."

Though Sims hasn't been able to find success in the NBA yet, he was named the D-League's Most Valuable Player after a stellar 2008-2009 season in which he averaged 22.8 points and 11 rebounds while shooting better than 60 percent from the field. This summer, Sims averaged 8.6 points and 5.8 rebounds while starting all five games for the Los Angeles Lakers in Vegas's NBA Summer League.

Shane Edwards, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Arkansas-Little Rock, found success with the Nuggets' Summer League team by averaging 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds while hitting over 60 percent of his shots from the field in Vegas. Edwards has taken a long route to this opportunity, having been cut in the preseason by the D-League's Albuquerque Thunderbirds after being invited to join the team after standing out in a local tryout. He was eventually brought back to the Thunderbirds mid-season, though, and after averaging 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, he ended up with an invite to play for the Nuggets' Summer League team.

Forbes, a 6-foot-7 wing, averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in the D-League as a rookie out of the University of Massachusetts during the 2008-2009 season. Since then, Forbes has filled up his passport by playing in the Phillipines, Venezuela and a couple of teams in Italy before returning stateside this summer to play for both the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers in the Vegas Summer League. Forbes averaged 20.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists while playing for Ironi Ramat in the Israeli Premier League.
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