NBA Roundtable

Kleiza To Stay In Europe

In Free Agency on June 23, 2010 at 6:02 am

The Denver Post reports

The Nuggets want Linas Kleiza to return to Denver, enough that they extended a qualifying offer to the forward, who played last season in Greece. Denver owns Kleiza’s NBA rights.

Terms of the offer were not released.

But Kleiza’s agent, Bill Duffy, said his client plans to stay in Greece.

“We have no plans to sign with the Nuggets, nor have they expressed interest in signing Linas at this point,” he said.

Kleiza, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward, left the Nuggets a year ago to play for Olympiakos, for whom he signed a two-year, $12.2 million contract.

Duffy said it’s “very likely” Kleiza will for Olympiakos next season

Bad news for Denver and the rest of the NBA.

Kleiza is a quality player, Olympiakos are lucky to have him.

  1. Hey, have you seen truehoop? Chad Ford had reported that Minny has been sending out feelers for a Jefferson trade and is looking at acquiring Dunleavy, Randolph etc. (e.g. expiring contracts). Is Jefferson’s value really that low? I thought it was be around the solid young prospect range.

  2. Hey Dino Gunners,

    Al Jefferson’s trade value is pretty damn low right now. A lot of people are concerned about his health following his knee injury last season + his inability to regain his best form since returning from the injury + his lack of defensive play and his team’s constant losing.

    Al Jefferson’s trade value is well below his value as a player which means both (1) Minnesota should not trade him because they’ll lose out in a trade (2) If they do trade him, someone can get a great deal.

    Minnesota desperately wants to break up the Big Al + K-Love combination, with Big Al being the one they’d rather move, but I don’t think they’ll have the offers to get it done. So I don’t expect any trades here.

  3. I was looking at your salaries page and thinking with respect to Jefferson, would Oklahoma be a good fit? The expiring contracts of Collison and Krstic for Jefferson, whose contract would extend for two more years after next. If Jefferson is a poor fit, he is only a couple years from expiring, which falls in line with the extensions of the other max players if they choose not to retain him.

  4. Dino Gunners,

    Big Al would be an excellent addition offensively. The Thunder wouldn’t be able to use Jeff Green as a power forward anymore because they would be too vulnerable defensively at the big man positions but Serge Ibaka is versatile enough and has enough defensive potential to make that work.

    A trade of Jeff Green + expiring contracts is likely better than anything else the Wolves will be offered over the next few weeks. It would have a real shot at happening.

    I don’t think any offer of expiring contracts alone has a chance of happening. If Kahn makes a deal like that he deserves to be fired on the spot. Big Al is too talented and too young to be dealt away so cheaply.

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