Is Kleiza the next Nugget to be traded?
Posted on: January 8, 2009 11:29 am
The Denver Nuggets have been among the busiest teams this season when it comes to making roster moves. The Nuggets are beneath the luxury tax threshold, which was one of the primary goals of its roster changes. With that situation under control, head coach George Karl said there is now a greater chance for the team to make key moves before the trade deadline on Feb. 19.
"I think the window of opportunity to maybe try to make a trade that will impact our team has gotten better because of being under the tax line," Karl said, as quoted in the Rocky Mountain News.
One of the players who could be traded is Linas Kleiza, since he will become a restricted free agent next summer. The Rocky Mountain News noted that Kleiza could either ask for a contract too rich for the Nuggets to afford, or he could leave for Europe, and in either case, the Nuggets wouldn't get anything in return for losing his services -- making it more attractive to trade Kleiza now and prevent that situation.
On Jan. 7, the Nuggets sent Chucky Atkins to Oklahoma City and picked up big man Johan Petro in return. According to the Rocky Mountain News, Atkins is unsure whether the Thunder will choose to keep him on board, or let him go and pay off his remaining salary, or simply trade him to yet another team.