Posted by Royce Young
Late Tuesday, the Nuggets let go two of their top executives - Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman. The reasoning was simply because as a press release said, "We decided that it would be best for all parties to go their separate ways."
It was somewhat shocking just in a sense of Warkentien's success (named 2008-09 Executive of the Year), but as Ken Berger noted, expected to come for months. But Warkentien is considered a star in the NBA front office world, so like Kevin Pritchard, he'll be a hot commodity.
And Marc Berman of the New York Post says , the Knicks might be a prime landing spot for Warkentien if Donnie Walsh decides to make a hire to pass along some responsibility. Berman also notes, "The Post reported recently the well-respected Warkentien, a friend of Walsh's, had a preliminary interview with the Knicks last summer after being given permission by the Nuggets owner."
Teams are turning over front offices left and right it seems, so a proven builder and winner like Warkentien will likely be at the top of most wishlists. Warkentien constructed a roster in Denver that played at a high pace, so teaming him with Mike D'Antoni's offensive system could be a nice fit. And by all accounts, Warkentien had a good relationship with Carmelo Anthony, so maybe hiring him would be a step in winning over 'Melo next summer.