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What To Do With Linas Kleiza?

Garrett OlsenCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2009

Well we are now approaching the first week of August and there are still a few question marks out there for the Denver Nuggets. One of those question marks is what is Denver going to do with restricted free agent Linas Kleiza.

The Nuggets have a couple more open spots to fill the roster and one of the most likely names to fill a spot in Kleiza.  Reports out say that George Karl wants Kleiza back and usually Karl gets what he wants.

Financially I think Denver would be OK if they signed Kleiza to the two and a half million qualifying offer.  If Denver did this then they have a player worthy of the sixth man spot if Jr Smith were to start.  However Kleiza's inconsistency leaves a few people worried including myself.

If I had any say in the situation I would re sign Kleiza and use him in a future trade rather it's along with the large trade exemption the Nuggets have that expires in November or if it's at the deadline for a more experienced and consistent vet wing or big man.

If I had to guess I would say Denver brings Kleiza back, lets keeps him all year and then Kleiza walks next year as an unrestricted free agent.  George Karl has always had a problem with trading Kleiza.  This goes back to two years ago with the Ron Artest deal and last year with the David Lee deal. 

I like Kleiza a lot as a person and in the Nuggets system but unless he starts to gain consistency I think he has to go.  It should be an interesting next couple of weeks.

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