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Old 06-28-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default Nuggets extend qualifying offer for Kleiza

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Some of the final pieces of preparation for free agency for the Nuggets will fall into place in the next couple of days, before teams can start negotiating with free agents on July 1.

The Nuggets are expected to extend a qualifying contract offer to forward Linas Kleiza, which would mean roughly $2.7 million for him for one season, and the Nuggets retain his restricted free agent status. Kleiza’s stats were down across the board last season after a promising 2007-08 campaign when it appeared he was one of the NBA’s rising stars.

Kleiza picked up his effort in the playoffs, though, playing some big-time minutes to help the Nuggets advance to, and stay competitive in, the Western Conference Finals. His playoffs field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage were all up over his season averages.

Kleiza is seeking a multi-year extension, which he may or may not get as a result of his play last season and the current tough economy. The Nuggets have a chance to match any team that signs him to an offer sheet. Or, Kleiza could decide to play next season with the Nuggets under the one-year qualifying contract and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets are not expected to extend a qualifying contract offer to center Johan Petro, which would make him an unrestricted free agent.

Hopefully he'll rebound this year and average double-digits.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Nuggets extend qualifying offer for Kleiza

Can't keep giving away every asset possible- have to sign kleiza, wether its to keep him or trade him at some point

I'd try to sign him to a 4-5 year contract at 3 or under and hed always be a valuble piece

I know the way the nugs do is just give away give away, but it has to stop- sign kleiza soon and hold onto one of the few assets the team has
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:45 AM   #3
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Hopefully Kleiza is gone, and it looks like he's going to be. He made 0 progress last year improving his game, all he can do is run the fastbreak, something Balkman is way better at.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:31 PM   #4
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Hopefully Kleiza is gone, and it looks like he's going to be. He made 0 progress last year improving his game, all he can do is run the fastbreak, something Balkman is way better at.

i would go further and say that Kleiza regressed last year. He played terrible. he did well in the playoffs but overall he was a major disappointment, imo.

if he could return to the quality he showed two seasons ago i would be happy to welcome him back.
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