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Garrett OlsenCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2009

It is almost a week until training camp and the Denver Nuggets have yet to fill the 13th spot on the roster.  Keith Bogans is off the books after signing with the San Antonio Spurs, so that leaves Denver with Ronald "Flip" Murray, Wally Szczerbiak and Rashad McCants left to choose from.

Sources tell me that all three players want the bi-annual exception of 1.2 million dollars, but Denver wants to sign one of the three to the vet minimum of about 800,000.  Denver wants to use the vet minimum because the NBA picks up almost 80% of the contract thus saving Denver a lot of money.

If I were to guess right now I would say Murray will be the first one to cave into Denver's offer and take the 13th spot as well as the vet minimum.  Szczerbiak seems like he wants the bi-annual or retirement and McCants wants the bi-annual and nothing less as of this point.

Denver also made a minor trade this week acquiring James Wright from Houston in exchange for the rights to Axel Hervelle.  White has averaged 5.7 points and roughly 33% from three point in his NBA, but is notorious for his dunking ability. 

Denver seems to be White's last chance at making an NBA roster and could do so with a strong training camp performance.  If White were to make the team he could provide some support for the loss of JR Smith and Renaldo Balkmen due to suspensions. 

White had intriguing development league numbers last year with 25 points a game and 36% from three point land.  I could see White making the roster for the first seven games, but his future is up in the air after that.

I expect Denver to add one of the three players of Murray, Szczerbiak and McCants sometime this weekend or next week.  Stay tuned for more Denver Nuggets news.

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