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.