|11-26-2005, 01:09 PM||#1|
Go Broncos, Nuggets, Rox
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Back In The 303!
Classify this in the "that's news to me" file. I hadn't heard this rumor until just now when George Karl shot it down:
No Patterson/Najera Trade Imminent
26th November, 2005 - 12:02 pm
Rocky Mountain News - George Karl does not foresee Denver trading Eduardo Najera to Portland for troubled swingman Ruben Patterson. TNT reported Thursday the Nuggets have discussed such a deal with the Trail Blazers.
"I don't think it will happen," Karl said. "It might be a de-energizer. Right now, we've got to stay strong and figure it out. I love Ruben as a basketball player. But, if he doesn't get minutes, he doesn't get the opportunity, I'm not sure (where he might). We need a bigger body."
The Trail Blazers sent Patterson home for the final six games of an ongoing seven-game trip after he cursed at coach Nate McMillan during a game Sunday at New York regarding lack of playing time. Patterson is averaging 7.0 points in 19.3 minutes.
If the Trail Blazers can't trade him, there is talk they might buy out his contract. He is making $6.4 million this season and $6.8 million next season in the final year of a six-year, $34 million deal. It remains to be seen whether the Nuggets might have interest then.
"That's something I can't control," Najera said of his name being linked to a report about a possible trade. "I don't even want to think about it. It makes you worry if you think about it."
|11-27-2005, 01:28 AM||#3|
Persona Non Grata
Join Date: Jan 2003
If the Nuggets trade Najera for Patterson I'll be three shades of pissed.
Najera is a heart & soul guy who brings effort and energy every time he's on the court. The only thing noteworthy about Patterson is that he once annointed himself "The Kobe Stopper." He's stopped no one but himself lately.
With Nene gone for the season, K-Mart hobbled and Kleiza still learning the ropes, the Nuggets don't have the frontcourt depth to make this move anyway.
|11-27-2005, 10:34 AM||#4|
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Denver, CO
This would be a dumb move by the organization. I do like what I have seen out of Kleiza, the kid is raw, but he has skills.