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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.


Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2009 4:27 pm

Is Kleiza the next Nugget to be traded?

If there was anyone on the Nuggets I would be happy with trading it is Linas Kleiza. The guy seems to believe he is a superstar and he isn't. He is a very good player, but he just needs to stop yapping at the refs every time he doesn't get a call. Nuggets are solid at PG with Carter and Billups. They don't need a shooting guard and our forwards are solid. The only place we are weak at is center. All we have is Nene and Chris Anderson who are really just PFs. Petro was a nice add, but his value is still questionable. Trade Kleiza for another big man and we'll be set for the playoffs and possibly a first round victory.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2009 3:30 pm

Is Kleiza the next Nugget to be traded?

While I can see the Benefits of the Linza Kleiza trade now, this might be a better trade once the Nuggets get Carmelo back. Kleiza, along with JR Smith and Chris Andersen have been the best bench players for the Nuggets this season. if Kleiza is traded, what would the Nuggets need to replace him. A strong three point shooter, who can play some perimeter defense would be a huge help to the Nuggets as they make the playoff push.

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