Re: Remember when I said Balkman>Kleiza?
Forward Linas Kleiza will consider returning to the Nuggets next season on a one-year contract, enabling him to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2010. Money is expected to be tight in the NBA this summer, when Kleiza will be a restricted free agent. He acknowledged one option is to return to the Nuggets for the $2.7 million qualifying offer and then become unrestricted in 2010 when the economy could be better and more teams are expected to have salary-cap money. InDenverTimes
Kleiza is right that the Nuggets arenít going to let him become unrestricted this summer. An NBA source with direct knowledge of the situation said Denver will exercise the $2.7 million qualifying offer, which is the amount stipulated in Kleizaís rookie-scale contract and which would enable the Nuggets to keep his restricted status. InDenverTimes