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Grinder
08-10-2009, 11:21 AM
Linas Kleiza has agreed to a two-year, $12.2 million with an opt-out next year with Olympiakos, a source told Marc Spears of Yahoo!


Excellent pickup, better than Childress IMO.

Papaloukas/Teodosic
Wafer/Halperin
Childress/Vasilopoulos
Kleiza/Vujcic/Erceg
Bourousis/Glyniadakis/Schortsanitis

Not a fan of the Wafer signing, but this one will give them a huge boost. Next step is to pick up an NBA point guard or someone like McIntyre or Arroyo to play in front of Papaloukas.

1~Gibson~1
08-10-2009, 11:21 AM
The Nuggets better hurry and find a backup SF b4 they're all taken or re-signed

Ramza
08-10-2009, 11:27 AM
kleiza hit some big 3s when the nuggs needed it last playoffs. big loss imo

bagelred
08-10-2009, 11:29 AM
Love it. Keep those international signings coming. The NBA will be a shell of its former self.

knickballer
08-10-2009, 11:37 AM
Love it. Keep those international signings coming. The NBA will be a shell of its former self.


Like the NBA doesn't sign the European players :hammerhead: I like Kleiza but the league will do fine without him... He's only a bench player. The day a high level player leaves for Europe then we can get worried.

NugzFan
08-10-2009, 11:51 AM
kleiza hit some big 3s when the nuggs needed it last playoffs. big loss imo

big loss? he had a nice game or two...with about 50 average to below average ones.

for 6.1 mill per i could care less. hes not worth half of that. way overrated by this board who probably have seen him play 1-2 games at most (one of which was his 40 point game vs utah a few years ago).

Pokerface
08-10-2009, 12:28 PM
$12.2 million will buy a lot of Ouzo (very tasty and potent Greek drink). Maybe after a year or two in Greece, Kleiza may have honed his skills and will be ready to return to the Nuggets, who retain his rights. Now the Nuggets should pursue a reliable and consistent PF/C and a 3rd PG, maybe Pruitt or Taylor as PGs.

OneMoreSucka
08-10-2009, 12:29 PM
LK isn't worth even close to that amount. Good riddance.

NugzFan
08-10-2009, 12:35 PM
not even half.

Interminator
08-10-2009, 12:38 PM
Like the NBA doesn't sign the European players :hammerhead: I like Kleiza but the league will do fine without him... He's only a bench player. The day a high level player leaves for Europe then we can get worried.
Dominique Wilkins, Bob McAdoo are notable HOFers who left for the Euroleague.

dbugz
08-10-2009, 12:44 PM
Good news for the Nuggs.

I am impressed by his offensive skills but dude is a horrible defender. A liability in defense. Softy.

Interminator
08-10-2009, 12:46 PM
$12.2 million will buy a lot of Ouzo (very tasty and potent Greek drink). Maybe after a year or two in Greece, Kleiza may have honed his skills and will be ready to return to the Nuggets, who retain his rights. Now the Nuggets should pursue a reliable and consistent PF/C and a 3rd PG, maybe Pruitt or Taylor as PGs.
:roll: @ Kleiza refining his skills, just a summer ago the Nuggets didnt want to include him in a deal for Ron Artest. And there were people on here against Kleiza even being traded.

bagelred
08-10-2009, 01:07 PM
Give it another 20 years and the EuroLeague will probably become the top basketball league in the world.

dr8ked
08-10-2009, 01:27 PM
Give it another 20 years and the EuroLeague will probably become the top basketball league in the world.

not with the NBA going global. They are scouting for players in india right now.

madmax
08-10-2009, 01:28 PM
I don't know how he's going to get playing time under coach Yannakis, who preaches defensive effort first and foremost:confusedshrug: Knowing him and his principles, Kleiza will probably sit on the bench most of the time...

niko
08-10-2009, 02:26 PM
Give it another 20 years and the EuroLeague will probably become the top basketball league in the world.
Stop baiting the stupid people. Some of them are from places like Utah or Ohio where it's ok to be slower. They think you are serious.

paguy1955
08-10-2009, 02:28 PM
Dominique Wilkins, Bob McAdoo are notable HOFers who left for the Euroleague.

Boy oh boy did YOU shoot yourself in the foot with that answer. These players well well past their prime when they left for Europe:sleeping :sleeping

Interminator
08-10-2009, 02:40 PM
Boy oh boy did YOU shoot yourself in the foot with that answer. These players well well past their prime when they left for Europe:sleeping :sleeping
Nique had just averaged 29 PPG with the Clippers, the year before he left.

He came back and put up 18 PPG off the bench for San Antonio when he returned.

Obviously no player is capable of leaving for the Euroleague at the peak of their career, because players are stuck for years due to their contracts. A player would have to become a superstar and leave once their rookie contract expires after 4 seasons while turning down a huge extension in the NBA that assures them financially rather than the sometimes questionable payment methods overseas.

kurple
08-10-2009, 05:25 PM
This is great News!

People who isn't nuggets fans won't understand this, but loosing LK and Jones is the best thing that could happen to this team... I don't think i'm gonna do the whole thing but here are some reasons:

1) LK shoot 30.25% Jumpers (Mid-range and 3's combined) And that is TERRIBLE for a guy who shoots as much as he does.
2) LK is a terrible defender, the worst in the rotation.
3) LK is mentaly weak, if he doesn't get 25+ mpg or if he doesn't get the contract he think he deserves will it effect his game.
4) We only need LK for 10mpg cause melo is gonna play 38, and LK isn't top 50 at any category at PF.
5) He is gonna score like 3ppg on 37% shooting playing 10mpg. And then it is better to actuallt have someone who can play D and actually spreed the floor.
6) LK would be great if he got 30mpg at SF, but he won't in denver. So thats why i want an OK+ defender (not a terrible one) and someone who shoot jumpers at a high % and not 30%.

Jones:
1) His defensive stats is NOT good at all.
2) He has a low bball IQ, like fouling to much when there is no point or taking a stupid shot that never goes in
3) He is terrible offensivly (exept dunking), terrible shooter, ball handler & passer.
4) He would be perfect for this team if he could shoot jumpers. (Afflalo is an equal defender, and guess what he can do? yes, he can shoot jumpers and pass the ball)

KeylessEntry
08-10-2009, 05:40 PM
I like this. Kleiza always went off against the Blazers when they played the Nuggets. probably because Outlaw is usually "guarding" him...

The Joker
08-10-2009, 05:46 PM
This is great News!

People who isn't nuggets fans won't understand this, but loosing LK and Jones is the best thing that could happen to this team... I don't think i'm gonna do the whole thing but here are some reasons:

1) LK shoot 30.25% Jumpers (Mid-range and 3's combined) And that is TERRIBLE for a guy who shoots as much as he does.
2) LK is a terrible defender, the worst in the rotation.
3) LK is mentaly weak, if he doesn't get 25+ mpg or if he doesn't get the contract he think he deserves will it effect his game.
4) We only need LK for 10mpg cause melo is gonna play 38, and LK isn't top 50 at any category at PF.
5) He is gonna score like 3ppg on 37% shooting playing 10mpg. And then it is better to actuallt have someone who can play D and actually spreed the floor.
6) LK would be great if he got 30mpg at SF, but he won't in denver. So thats why i want an OK+ defender (not a terrible one) and someone who shoot jumpers at a high % and not 30%.

Jones:
1) His defensive stats is NOT good at all.
2) He has a low bball IQ, like fouling to much when there is no point or taking a stupid shot that never goes in
3) He is terrible offensivly (exept dunking), terrible shooter, ball handler & passer.
4) He would be perfect for this team if he could shoot jumpers. (Afflalo is an equal defender, and guess what he can do? yes, he can shoot jumpers and pass the ball)
Who would you like to see the Nuggets singing?
So far they have
Nene l C. Andersen
K. Martin l M. Allen
C. Anthony l R. Balkman
A. Afflalo l J.R. Smith
C. Billups l T. Lawson

kurple
08-10-2009, 06:15 PM
Bigs: Pops or Aaron Gray SF's: Novak, Udoka, Bowen (Or is he signed?), Rodney Carney, Coby Karl PG: Anyone. There are many others who could fill the role of LK, but we need a 3rd PG, a backup SF (Someone who can defend and shoot) and a Big (Someone who rebounds.

OneMoreSucka
08-10-2009, 06:16 PM
Leon powe.

The Joker
08-10-2009, 06:20 PM
Bigs: Pops or Aaron Gray SF's: Novak, Udoka, Bowen (Or is he signed?), Rodney Carney, Coby Karl PG: Anyone. There are many others who could fill the role of LK, but we need a 3rd PG, a backup SF (Someone who can defend and shoot) and a Big (Someone who rebounds.
I like the idea of Pops, Udoka and or Bowen

The Joker
08-10-2009, 06:21 PM
Leon powe.
Hmmm that would be decent

NugzFan
08-10-2009, 07:01 PM
any of the above would be adequate. not necessarily better than LK but perhaps a better fit and able to help out. we really only need a solid bench swing man to give us 10 mpg and 5-6 ppg. LK averaged 10 ppg in 22 mpg. we dont have 22 mpg to play behind melo anymore anyways. and if the new guy can play any D, even better.

Lakas Fan Yo
08-10-2009, 10:09 PM
Like the NBA doesn't sign the European players :hammerhead: I like Kleiza but the league will do fine without him... He's only a bench player. The day a high level player leaves for Europe then we can get worried.

I don't know why this myth is endlessly repeated on these boards.

Byron Scott
Bob McAdoo
Dominique Wilkins
Eddie Johnson
Dino Radja
Rolando Blackman
Ricky Pierce
Xavier McDaniel

The list goes on and on of good NBA players that have left the NBA and played in Europe.

Wonder Bread Kid
08-10-2009, 11:07 PM
Give it another 20 years and the EuroLeague will probably become the top basketball league in the world.

How much meth did your mom do while she was pregnant with you?

momo
08-11-2009, 01:53 AM
Dominique Wilkins, Bob McAdoo are notable HOFers who left for the Euroleague.

Late late in career.

Agent_Zero
08-11-2009, 01:57 AM
Spurs, Lakers, Celts, Cavs, Mavs, Magic all added pieces this offseason...the Nuggets have stood idly by and have only lost players. Jones, Hunter and now Kleiza...and I still don't get the point of the Hunter trade.

I love Melo and Billups and practically that whole team. I rooted for them in the playoffs and it's just irritating how they probably won't meet their expectations this upcoming season.

Lakas Fan Yo
08-11-2009, 02:01 AM
Late late in career.

As pointed out already, Wilkins averaged 18 a game in the NBA after he played in Greece.

Lakas Fan Yo
08-11-2009, 02:10 AM
BTW, Klieza signed for 2 years at 8.6 million euros net income. He is the second highest paid player in Europe behind Childress who makes 4.7 million euros net income per season.


Childress' NBA salary equivalent is $10.833 million per season according to Atlana Journal Constitution.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/hawks/stories/2008/07/23/childress_hawks_greece.html

Childress leaving Hawks to join Greek franchise
Restricted free agent signs $32.5 million deal with Olympiakos of Greece

Childress, whose net pay from Olympiakos will be $20 million

That means that Klieza would have to make $9.9125 million per season in the NBA to equal the Olympiacos contract. Since Childress' $20 million net = a $32.5 million gross NBA contract, then Klieza's $12.2 million net contract = a $19.825 million NBA contract.

So it's not like 6 million a year, it's like 10 a million a year in the NBA.

NuggetsFan
08-11-2009, 03:30 AM
Spurs, Lakers, Celts, Cavs, Mavs, Magic all added pieces this offseason...the Nuggets have stood idly by and have only lost players. Jones, Hunter and now Kleiza...and I still don't get the point of the Hunter trade.

I love Melo and Billups and practically that whole team. I rooted for them in the playoffs and it's just irritating how they probably won't meet their expectations this upcoming season.

We got Affalo ..don't act like Jones is irreplaceable. And Hunter are you kidding me? He never even played a game last year. So don't really know how your counting that as a "loss".

LK will make the bench thinner but I imagine will pick someone to fill in some minutes. I wouldn't mind him coming back but him leaving isn't that big of a deal.

Wish him luck over in Europe tho.

bdreason
08-11-2009, 04:07 AM
I think this is a significant loss for the Nuggets, and the league.

nev3rh00d
08-11-2009, 07:57 AM
I think this is a significant loss for the Nuggets, and the league.

I am Lithuanian myself and I still have 2 say. Kleiza is weak defensively. Can't penetrate well. On the other hand he is good shooter and passer. Still not worth the money Olimpiacos paying 4 him imo.

As for "significant loss" as you stated m8. That's ridiculous.

JustinJDW
08-11-2009, 09:57 AM
kleiza hit some big 3s when the nuggs needed it last playoffs. big loss imoThis.

NugzFan
08-11-2009, 11:25 AM
Spurs, Lakers, Celts, Cavs, Mavs, Magic all added pieces this offseason...the Nuggets have stood idly by and have only lost players. Jones, Hunter and now Kleiza...and I still don't get the point of the Hunter trade.

dont forget we lost petro, hart and weems too! :oldlol:

you cant figure out the hunter trade? giving up a protected first to get rid of a 0 ppg, 0 rpg guy costing us over 7 mill per? yeah, thats a toughie.

NugzFan
08-11-2009, 11:27 AM
I am Lithuanian myself and I still have 2 say. Kleiza is weak defensively. Can't penetrate well. On the other hand he is good shooter and passer. Still not worth the money Olimpiacos paying 4 him imo.

As for "significant loss" as you stated m8. That's ridiculous.

agreed. its not significant at all. if europe is willing to double every players salary, then yeah...they will steal players. but paying 6 million for an nba bench player...eh...whatever.

Lakas Fan Yo
08-11-2009, 04:02 PM
agreed. its not significant at all. if europe is willing to double every players salary, then yeah...they will steal players. but paying 6 million for an nba bench player...eh...whatever.

$10 million.

NugzFan
08-11-2009, 08:25 PM
$10 million.

whats 10 million?

Lakas Fan Yo
08-11-2009, 11:37 PM
whats 10 million?
His salary is the same as $10 million per year in the NBA, not $6 million. He's making $6 million net in Greece, not $6 million gross like an NBA contract.

OneMoreSucka
08-11-2009, 11:45 PM
His salary is the same as $10 million per year in the NBA, not $6 million. He's making $6 million net in Greece, not $6 million gross like an NBA contract.
Jesus. What did they see in him to give him that much??

Richie2k6
08-12-2009, 12:24 AM
Noooooooooooooooo

Jack
08-12-2009, 03:30 AM
With USA losing its economic power comes the loss of NBA power.

I do agree that Europe could be better than the NBA in let's say 15 years. I'm big fan of NBA but that is rough reality.
:ohwell:

kurple
08-12-2009, 07:35 AM
I am Lithuanian myself and I still have 2 say. Kleiza is weak defensively. Can't penetrate well. On the other hand he is good shooter and passer. Still not worth the money Olimpiacos paying 4 him imo.

As for "significant loss" as you stated m8. That's ridiculous.

Kleiza is a terrible shooter and passer... Just look at the games an the stats.

Lemon
08-12-2009, 01:38 PM
sad to see him go. always liked him in denver

CexyHype
10-18-2009, 02:34 AM
Ive been out of the loop for a bit, not really paying attention to Googles activities as Ive been an article writing fool

So, when was the last page rank update?

Please tell me any one.

Thanks

catzhernandez
10-19-2009, 06:23 AM
Balkman is gonna show he's a valuable player this year.