Denver Nuggets WiretapOctober 2005 Denver Nuggets Wiretap

Manu Is Questionable For Opener

Oct 31, 2005 9:11 PM

Manu Ginobili is "somewhere between questionable to probable" for the Spurs' season opener Tuesday, coach Gregg Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News.

Ginobli suffered a right quadriceps bruise in practice on Saturday and missed practice Sunday because of the pain.

"He got whacked pretty good," Popovich told the paper. "We'll see how he is [Tuesday]."

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New Nene Deal Appears Unlikely

Oct 31, 2005 11:22 AM

Both sides negotiating a possible contract extension for Nugget forward Nene sounded pessimistic about a deal coming to fruition before an NBA-mandated deadline today.

Although he said the two sides are still talking, agent Michael Coyne said: "I don't see it. We're just too far apart."

Added Denver general manager Kiki Vandeweghe: "Michael Coyne and I are going to take it right up to the deadline. If we are fortunate enough to get something done, that'd be great. But if you look at all the people who are potential restricted free agents, the odds are he's going to become a restricted free agent. But we're sure going to give it a try."

If no deal gets done, Nene becomes a restricted free agent next summer, meaning other teams may sign him, though the Nuggets could match. Nene has taken out an insurance policy in case he enters the regular season with his future undetermined.

Nene is believed to be searching for a contract worth about $10 million annually, similar to what New York's Eddy Curry and Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert signed for this offseason.

Denver Post

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Could Nene Still Be Moved To Boston Or Chicago?

Oct 30, 2005 11:01 AM

Denver doesn't think it will have the money to re-sign Nene, who reportedly wants $9 mil per, so it's no wonder that several teams, including Boston and Chicago, will be in the sweepstakes for the Nuggets' big man.

Last month, the Nuggets thought they had a deal completed in which Nene and Andre Miller would have gone to Boston for Paul Pierce. The Nuggets signed PG Earl Watson this past summer in anticipation of trading Miller. But now they're stuck with three point guards (including Earl Boykins) and Nuggets execs are still mystified as to why Boston pulled out at the 11th hour.

NY Daily News

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'Melo Gets Fourth-Year Option

Oct 28, 2005 3:09 PM

The Denver Nuggets exercised a fourth-year option Friday on Carmelo Anthony's contract, ensuring that the forward will spend at least one more season with the team.

Anthony, the third overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft, is under contract with the Nuggets through the end of the 2006-07 season.

He helped lead Denver to playoff appearances in the last two years and has averaged 20.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in his first two seasons.

AP

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Russell Not Ready To Call It Quits

Oct 27, 2005 9:11 AM

Bryon Russell isn't ready to accept career condolences just yet.

The veteran swingman, who is scheduled to have surgery on his sprained left knee next week and has a non-guaranteed $1.13 million contract with the Nuggets, sounded confident he could return after Denver beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-115 on Wednesday in a preseason game at the Pepsi Center.

"I'm going to come back and help them win," said Russell, who averaged 4.4 points last season. "I know I can still play."

The Nuggets could still waive Russell, though they likely would have to pay him until he recovered, which could take a month or longer. General manager Kiki Vandeweghe said he would discuss Russell's future with him today or tomorrow.

Denver Post

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Karl Receives Suspension Reduction

Oct 25, 2005 10:22 PM

Denver Nuggets? head coach George Karl had his three-game suspension reduced to two on Tuesday.

Karl was originally suspended for the first 3 games of the 2005-2006 NBA season for improper contact with a prospect.

The Nuggets were fined $200,000 by the NBA, which said the violation occurred from May 16-18 when Karl attended workouts at Marquette University involving a player not eligible for the draft. The NBA did not identify the player.

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Nene, Nuggets No Closer

Oct 25, 2005 7:26 AM

With less than one week remaining for the Denver Nuggets to sign Nene to a contract extension, it appears the fourth-year power forward will become a restricted free- agent in the summer.

The deadline for negotiating an extension is Monday, and there has been little movement between the Nuggets and agent Michael Coyne.

"I know my price," Nene said. "I know my price. I know I'm going to do good this season."

When it comes to 23-year-old, 6-foot-11, 260-pound forwards who can run the floor and move people out of the low block, it is a seller's market.

Nene has taken out an insurance policy against injury in the event he plays out the final year of his Nuggets deal. He said Monday he does not expect to sign an extension in the next six days.

Nene, who has averaged 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in his first three seasons, is believed to be seeking a deal similar to the six-year, $64 million contract Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert signed in July.

Dalembert has averaged 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in three seasons. He spent 2002-03 on the injured list.

"Nowadays, they're letting anybody get big money on the free- agent market," Nuggets center Marcus Camby said. "Nene's probably the best running big man we have in this league. Regardless, he going to get paid, either here or from somebody else."

Rocky Mountain News

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Time's Ripe For Bulls To Grab Nene

Oct 24, 2005 9:47 AM

Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune figures this may be a huge week for the Chicago Bulls.  Smith writes that the team's future may be dictated not necessarily by what they do, but what other teams do as well.

Smith writes that this is the last week for teams to offer contract extensions to players in the 2002 draft class. So far, Houston's Yao Ming and Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire have been re-signed. Those not re-signed can become restricted free agents after the season. Though teams can match offers, the fear of having to pay a luxury tax or big salaries could put several players on the market before the deadline.

For the Bulls, that could mean a chance to reclaim some of the size lost in dealing Eddy Curry. Reports out of New York have had Curry unable to guard a director's chair coach Larry Brown was using. Tyson Chandler, now the Bulls' highest-paid player, doesn't look quite as confident or assured without Curry around to get the ball in the post and absorb the media scrutiny. Perhaps no one has rooted more than him for a long White Sox run to divert attention.

Meanwhile, no team may be better equipped than the Bulls to make a deal now. They'll be well under the salary cap after the season and have two first-round draft picks--their own and the Knicks'--one of which figures to be in the lottery.

Can anyone say Nene? The Bulls long have eyed the underutilized, physical, 6-foot-11-inch, 265-pound power forward. He almost certainly won't get an extension with the Nuggets. Especially with the agent for Carmelo Anthony telling a Denver newspaper it's "a no-brainer" Anthony will ask for a maximum extension starting at $12 million annually.

It's hard to believe the Nuggets could turn down a possible lottery pick and maybe some cash and an expiring contract like Eric Piatkowski's thrown in for a player they can't afford and could lose for nothing.

Chicago Tribune

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Melo To Demand The Max

Oct 22, 2005 12:44 PM

The Denver Nuggets can negotiate a contract extension next summer for forward Carmelo Anthony. If you ask his agent, there might not be much to negotiate.

Calvin Andrews said Friday his client figures to be in line for a maximum deal.

"If he has the season that we expect, I would see it as a no-brainer," Andrews said of a maximum contract. "If not (the Nuggets), somebody will (offer him one)."

But Andrews is hoping it won't come to that. He wants to lock up a deal next summer and have Anthony avoid becoming a restricted free agent in summer 2007.

"We want to stay in Denver," Andrews said. "Denver is the place."

Anthony, entering his third season, should have his fourth-year contract option picked up by Oct. 31. Anthony and the Nuggets then would be able to negotiate a five-year extension that begins in 2007-08 by next summer.

Rocky Mountain News

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Hodge Accused Of Sexual Assault

Oct 18, 2005 12:36 AM

A woman claims that a Denver Nuggets player, 21-year-old Julius Hodge, tried to sexually assault her last Wednesday night at his condo in downtown Denver.

Hodge, who is 6 feet 7 inches tall and 210 pounds, was a first-round draft pick. He is currently on the road with the team.  Police say he is cooperating with the investigation.

"Julius categorically denies this allegation," said Nuggets' GM Kiki Vandeweghe.  We encourage people not to jump to any conclusions.  We're confident he will be vindicated by the facts."  

The incident allegedly happened around 11 p.m. on Oct. 12 and was reported to police about an hour later.

Hodge's lawyer says the allegation is completely false and that the 37-year-old woman has a financial interest in making the charge.

"The sad truth is that any mean spirited person, to make a buck, can lie about being sexually assaulted by a professional basketball player, and that kind of a lie can ruin a young man's life," said Hodge's lawyer, Dan Recht.  "And we just have to hope that it doesn't ruin Julius's life."

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No Jacket Required In New Dress Code, Says Commissioner

Denver Post

Nene Taking Precautions

Rocky Mountain News

Miller Isn't Leaving Denver

Denver Post

In Potential Walk Year, Nene Has Never Looked Fitter

Denver Post