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Old 08-16-2008, 07:54 AM   #1
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Default Kleiza wants to stay with Nuggets

Count Linas Kleiza as another Nuggets player surprised by the Marcus Camby trade.

But count Kleiza as one who doesn't want to go anywhere else.

The forward can sign a contract extension by Oct. 31 or he becomes a restricted free agent next summer. While Kleiza said there won't be any talks until after the Olympics, he reiterated Thursday he wants to re-sign.

"Oh, yeah, definitely," he said after his native Lithuania beat Russia 86-79 to move to 3-0. "I love being there, so hopefully it will work out."

It didn't work too well for Camby as Denver dealt him last month in a salary dump. The Clippers only gave up the possibility of having to swap 2010 second-round picks.

"I think everybody was surprised by the move," said Kleiza, who is averaging 13 points in the Olympics after he shot 1-for-7 for 4 points Thursday but got 11 rebounds. "But I don't know why they did it . . . I think the Nugget organization has a plan . . . I'm 100 percent behind them."
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:53 AM   #2
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Default Re: Kleiza wants to stay with Nuggets

kleiza imo is one of the 4 core players to this franchise(w carmelo, nene & jr)- a long term offer should be made as soon as allowed- lock him up

i love when kleiza is on the court w one of or both of melo & jr- one of them gets a huge mismatch -w melo & lk nobody has two guys to cover them both

kleiza could win 6th man of the year multiple times over his career

& not to bring everything back to jr, but i really think locking jr into a 6 ish per year contract "could" help keep kleiza in that ballpark instead of forcing the nugs to give him a nocioni type 9-10 mill per year contract

i would love the salary cap structure of a future nugs team with melo, nene, jr & kleiza somewhere under or around 40 million- much better that chunks of 22, 15, 15 just for melo & kmart/iverson
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:08 AM   #3
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Default Re: Kleiza wants to stay with Nuggets

How much money would you give him? I wold say around 5mil
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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If it were me I'd lock him up with a 5 year deal for 26 mil, but I'm not the nuggets front office and I'm not cutting costs.

I'd guess it's probably a 2-3 year deal for 13-15 mil.
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