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Warkentien, Chapman out in Denver shakeup

Posted on: August 3, 2010 6:54 pm
The Nuggets decided Tuesday not to renew the contracts of front office executives Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman, a shakeup that has been expected for months.

Paul Andrews, executive vice president of Kroenke Sports Enterprises, announced the changes in a news release in which he said, "We decided that it would be best for all parties to go their separate ways."

The real question is how the front-office shakeup will affect Carmelo Anthony's posture on a three-year, $65 million extension that he has yet to sign. Anthony's indecision has fueled speculation that he wants to test the free-agent market next summer -- barring a lockout -- and that he wants to see the direction the Nuggets are headed before signing it. As of Tuesday, there were more questions than ever about that direction.

Warkentien, the 2008-09 NBA executive of the year, never received a formal extension offer even though his contract was set to expire this month, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Seeing the shakeup on the horizon, Warkentien obtained permission to speak with other teams about various GM openings. He got permission to speak with the Knicks about a potential front-office vacancy as team president Donnie Walsh's day-to-day GM, but that opening never materialized. It now appears that the Knicks will not add a person to the front office and will instead expand the duties of former player Allan Houston, who has been training under Walsh and played an important role during free agency.

Warkentien also received permission to interview for the Suns' GM position vacated by Steve Kerr's departure, and interviewed over the phone for the job, which went to former player agent Lon Babby.

Chapman, rumored to be on the way out with Warkentien since reported in March that owner Stan Kroenke was planning sweeping front-office changes, recently interviewed for the Hornets' GM job that went to former Spurs executive Dell Demps. Josh Kroenke, Stan's son and the eventual owner of the Nuggets, is expected to take on an expanded role in Denver's new front-office structure.

Coach George Karl said recently he is committed to returning to the sideline next season after recovering from cancer treatments, but added, "It's not a guarantee."


Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 3:03 pm

Warkentien, Chapman out in Denver shakeup

This whole thing involves Stan Kroenke's attempt to buy the Rams. He is going to turn over the presidency of the Nuggets to his son and I assume the son wants to hire all his own guys. Probably more friends of his from the Univ. of Missouri.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:32 pm

Warkentien, Chapman out in Denver shakeup

this cant be basketball news? there was no mention of lebron james anywhere in it!

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2010 11:28 pm

Warkentien, Chapman out in Denver shakeup

Why are these guys being treated so shabbily?  They've done a lot of good things in Denver by any objective measure.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 8:58 pm

Warkentien, Chapman out in Denver shakeup

Do we know why?  Executive of the year in 2008-09 (I'm assuming because of the risky & unpopular decision to give up Marcus Camby), and trading Iverson for Chauncey Billups... Then they go 53-29 and win the Northwest Division this year.  
Why did he fall out of favor so quickly?

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:37 am

Warkentien, Chapman out in Denver shakeup

Hopper, if you don't care then why are you commenting?  This is the offseason.  You can't expect the whole offseason to be filled with interesting articles all of the time.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:03 am

Warkentien, Chapman out in Denver shakeup

Tell us how you really feel hopper, just let it all out don't hold back.

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 7:41 pm

Warkentien, Chapman out in Denver shakeup

Anybody care??? i doubt it

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