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08:21 AM ET 08.13 | The Nuggets, according to a story out of Denver, won't hire "a strong general manager so long as Bret Bearup, friend and adviser to owner E. Stanley Kroenke, has a power base within the organization." Conversely, no strong general manager would take the job knowing he would need approval from Bearup before making a move. That's the consensus around the NBA, and it's why the list of candidates to replace vice presidents Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman, blown out earlier this summer, includes no one with experience as an NBA general manager. If you were hoping the Nuggets would pursue well-regarded former Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard, for example, you would be well advised not to hold your breath.

The Denver Post

Mark Warkentien (right), AP Mark Warkentien (right), AP
August 13, 2010  08:32 AM ET

Sounds like they are looking for a puppet to take over the job....

August 13, 2010  08:33 AM ET

So were finally starting to understand why Anthony would risk going into a CBA renegotiation year without a contract just to become an UFA next year, he has no intentions of staying in Denver. The writing is on the wall, everything he has done in my opinion indicates that Carmelo will probably end up playing in the tri-states area (hopefully in NY!) or one of a number of contending teams.

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August 13, 2010  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

So were finally starting to understand why Anthony would risk going into a CBA renegotiation year without a contract just to become an UFA next year, he has no intentions of staying in Denver. The writing is on the wall, everything he has done in my opinion indicates that Carmelo will probably end up playing in the tri-states area (hopefully in NY!) or one of a number of contending teams.

Reasons for Knicks to be hopeful for next year. At the same time, this wait till next year thing, can get old quick.

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August 13, 2010  09:16 AM ET
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This summers FA happenings in Miami has changed everything.Top players now may forgo a few mil, for a situation that they may feel has a better cast and chance of winning, also if management has issues, he may want something else. Cap also seems irrelevant as bosh and LBJ went as s&t's, so it truly is where the player wants to goAlthough highly unlikely.....I think Utah would be a great landing spot for him as they have a great PG and solid big.....to compliment him

Truly highly unlikely but it would be amazing, he'd be the anti-Lebron instantly.

I don't think any free agent will willingly go to Utah as long as their beer remains by law under 3.2%, bleeeh.

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August 13, 2010  09:55 AM ET

Are they Rocky Mountain High, Bro?

August 13, 2010  10:04 AM ET

Like I said before Melo is smart wait,... cause the whole team in Denver maybe gone by next season. Nene ETO, Martin FA, Jr Smith FA, Billups contact only $3.7m of $14.2m guarantee, can you say CUT, and remember this is the Team that send Camby to LAC for a second round pick to dump Camby $10m salary. Even AL Harrington has a player option for next season, Coach Karl on a one year.

August 13, 2010  10:17 AM ET
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Like I said before Melo is smart wait,... cause the whole team in Denver maybe gone by next season. Nene ETO, Martin FA, Jr Smith FA, Billups contact only $3.7m of $14.2m guarantee, can you say CUT, and remember this is the Team that send Camby to LAC for a second round pick to dump Camby $10m salary. Even AL Harrington has a player option for next season, Coach Karl on a one year.

Denver was deep into the luxury tax when they dumped Camby but still...that Camby trade has really come back to haunt Denver. When they had him, they were rockin N' rollin and now they're 5 minutes from blowing the whole thing up.

August 13, 2010  10:37 AM ET
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Denver was deep into the luxury tax when they dumped Camby but still...that Camby trade has really come back to haunt Denver. When they had him, they were rockin N' rollin and now they're 5 minutes from blowing the whole thing up.

That's the whole thing about cutting corners. It just doesn't work. New Orleans will soon be in a bitter divorce with CP3. Go get the guy a player that'll make the team contend then you go give up Collins for Ariza... what the hell. When progress doesn't meet expectations there's bound to be an unhappy ending... I told you so!

August 13, 2010  10:49 AM ET
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That's the whole thing about cutting corners. It just doesn't work. New Orleans will soon be in a bitter divorce with CP3. Go get the guy a player that'll make the team contend then you go give up Collins for Ariza... what the hell. When progress doesn't meet expectations there's bound to be an unhappy ending... I told you so!

It doesn't look good in Nawlins, that's for sure. I think JGB is right, this big 3 in MIA really changed everything. I don't know what the new CBA will bring but it will be designed, in part, to stop this consolidation of talent. If you look at the NHL, there's a hard cap and players sign long-term deals, much more than 5 or 6 years that we see in the NBA. If players sign longer deals, they're seeing free agency less and putting some of the power back in the hands of management to build teams. These changes could come to basketball.

August 13, 2010  11:14 AM ET

Well, with New Orleans we will see, what they do with Peja $14.2m, and Darius Songaila $4.8m expiring contacts to trade. And dumping Posey, 33 year old, $6.4m / $6.9m, for Ariza, 25 years old, $6.3m / $6.8m / $7.25m / $7.7m. But, yes I would have thought NOH would have gotten more for Collison.

August 13, 2010  11:18 AM ET

Who knows, maybe by the Deadline Denver with throw in the towel, and trade Melo to New Orleans for Peja contact, and a couple of 1 round picks.

August 13, 2010  12:31 PM ET
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A GM would be smart to take this job.... If (when) the Nuggets lose Anthony they'll have alot of CAP space to make the team one of their own especially when KMart's contract comes off the books at the end of the year. great opportunity for a GM to rebuild....

Not really. How can one rebuild if one has to get sign-off on everything from someone who doesn't really know basketball. One could have everything in place for an important deal, but the "boss" decides not to do just because. It would get very frustrating very fast, for anyone who wants to rebuild. And, how can one as GM even negotiate veteran minimum contracts--every player will know the GM is just a messenger boy.

August 13, 2010  12:39 PM ET
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It doesn't look good in Nawlins, that's for sure. I think JGB is right, this big 3 in MIA really changed everything. I don't know what the new CBA will bring but it will be designed, in part, to stop this consolidation of talent. If you look at the NHL, there's a hard cap and players sign long-term deals, much more than 5 or 6 years that we see in the NBA. If players sign longer deals, they're seeing free agency less and putting some of the power back in the hands of management to build teams. These changes could come to basketball.

I wish more superteams would form. If you look back to the glory days of the NBA, you tended to have 2-3 superteams. It is only the thinning of the talent by overexpansion that has led some "fans" to see the Miami moves of LeBron and Bosh as a problem (that plus some kind of anger at mere workers deciding to work together, displacing management's ability to trade *people* around the country).

I wish we'd see Miami battle a team of Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Carmelo Anthony, and A'mare, with another team of, say, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant. It'd be good if they folded 6-10 teams to thicken up the talent. Every team could be deeper, and every game would be like an All-Star game in terms of talent. Why would basketball fans (as opposed to homers) *not* like this? It'd be a new golden age!

August 13, 2010  12:48 PM ET
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Why would basketball fans (as opposed to homers) *not* like this? It'd be a new golden age!

It'd be nice to have only competitive teams in the league and only watch GREAT basketball games. The problem with folding 6-10 teams is, what if your team would be one of them? Would you continue to watch the NBA? Perhaps you would, but what about the majority of your city's fan base? Perhaps not.

Even sh*tty teams make money and grow the popularity of the association.

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August 13, 2010  01:18 PM ET

Just hire Bret Bearup..

 
August 13, 2010  02:52 PM ET
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This summers FA happenings in Miami has changed everything.Top players now may forgo a few mil, for a situation that they may feel has a better cast and chance of winning, also if management has issues, he may want something else. Cap also seems irrelevant as bosh and LBJ went as s&t's, so it truly is where the player wants to goAlthough highly unlikely.....I think Utah would be a great landing spot for him as they have a great PG and solid big.....to compliment him

He's not going to Utah

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