Category Archives: Nuggets
Now the real work begins for the Nuggets in trying to retain their starting center.
Nene will opt out of the final year of his contract worth nearly $12
million and, as a result, become an unrestricted free agent, a source
familiar with the situation said Wednesday night.
It means Nene can sign with any team he wishes without the Nuggets
getting a chance to match the offer when free agency begins after the
expected NBA lockout, which likely will start Friday.
Not long after George Karl made his triumphant return with a resounding
victory over the Utah Jazz, the Denver Nuggets coach had an important
announcement for the assembled media. Despite Carmelo Anthony’s(notes)
well-chronicled efforts to push for a trade, Karl said, the Nuggets are
”going to keep him here whether he knows it or not.”
Anthony later laughed off his coach’s attempt at humor because that’s
all it was – a joke. For all the goodwill inspired by the Nuggets’
season-opening rout of their Northwest Division rival, Anthony told
Yahoo! Sports Wednesday night that he still doesn’t intend to sign the
team’s three-year, $64 million contract extension.
While deciding where he wants to spend the rest of his basketball life, Carmelo Anthony will do what’s right by his family.
But believe this: Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke will do what is best for
his hefty investment in an NBA franchise, even if that means trading
The Nuggets have requested waivers on guard Coby Karl and center Brian Butch, a source said Saturday.
Both had contracts due to become fully guaranteed for next season had
they remained with the team following Aug. 15. The source said the moves
were made Friday, the last business day before Sunday’s deadline,
although the Nuggets made no announcement. Calls to Nuggets officials
were not immediately returned.
Maybe we should throw confetti or hold a parade. In a 116-102 victory
against Utah on Wednesday, the Nuggets tried something completely
different: They gave a professional effort.
So let them eat Twinkies.
But please understand: Denver absolutely, positively cannot win a
championship this way.
And team management knows it.
Adrian Dantley has the single most difficult job in this NBA postseason
and he knows it. His players know it, as does everybody who plays
against his Denver Nuggets. All Dantley is being asked to do is lead a
team of headstrong characters with championship aspirations deep into
the playoffs while the man best suited to coach them, his boss George
Karl, battles throat and neck cancer.
If a report is accurate that Denver Nuggets power forward Kenyon Martin
has a partial tear of his left patella tendon, he said he hasn’t been
given that information about his knee.
Regardless, the Nuggets, who had previously been looking for a big man,
will spend this weekend discussing what they might do. Agent Mark
Bartelstein told FanHouse the Nuggets have inquired about five of his
free-agent big men: Mark Blount, Mikki Moore, Brian Cook, Jake Voskuhl
and Rob Kurz.
By Mark J. Miller
“J.R.J.R. Smith has been with the Denver Nuggets since the summer of
2006 when he got traded to the team from the Chicago Bulls, who he was
with for only a few days after coming over in a trade with his original
team, the New Orleans Hornets. It’s looking right now like he’ll remain
a Nugget despite all his recent unhappiness., according to ESPN.
After negotiations Thursday, it appears the Nuggets are closer to
reaching an agreement with coach George Karl about a contract
extension, though a deal is not yet official.
Bret Adams, an attorney representing the Nuggets’ coach, met with
officials from Kroenke Sports Enterprises and afterward said: "It’s a
complicated discussion and process because of the potential lockout
(after 2010-11). It’s a different economic environment. All of that has
added a complexity to contract negotiations that simply hasn’t been