Kleiza's return to the NBA goes through the Nuggets.

Nuggets extend Kleiza's contract

According to a press release from RealGM.com, the Denver Nuggets have made a qualifying offer to forward Linas Kleiza, who is currently playing for the Olympiakos. Kleiza signed a two-year deal worth $12.2 million with Olympiakos last season and averaged over 17 points and seven rebounds in his first season with the team. He also won the Alphonso Ford Trophy. He also played with former Hawks’ guard Josh Childress.

The Nuggets will retain Kleiza’s rights until he returns to the NBA and the squad could try and sign him for the next season. However, it remains up in the air as Kleiza recently stated that he wants to finish out his contract with Olympiakos. His versatility is valuable with his ability to shoot and drive and he could be dangerous in certain matchups. The Nuggets could also use Kleiza as a trade chip to get a pick in this year’s NBA Draft or receive a player from another team.

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Tags: Denver Nuggets Josh Childress Linas Kleiza Olympiakos

  • http://sportsguysuniverse.blogspot.com Stephen

    Can the Nuggets trade just his rights or does he have to sign the offer before they could pursue any trades?

  • madness

    Since the Nuggets own LK’s rights, the only way he can come back into the NBA is through them and so, I believe, they have a right to trade his rights to another team. A team like NY or Sacramento would be teams that like Kleiza and he would like in return.