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Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 11:03 am  |  27 responses

Kleiza Set to Bolt the NBA

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears, sources are saying that free agent forward Linaz Kleiza is prepared to sign a two-year, $12.2 million deal with Olympiakos. Olympiakos, located in Greece, is the same club said to have offered Ron Artest, Nate Robinson and Allen Iverson similair deals earlier in the summer. Reportedly, the contract comes with an a player option after the first year. Kleiza averaged 9.9 ppg last season for the Denver Nuggets, one year after averaging a career high, 11.1 ppg.

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  • http://www.Lorenzogate.com Lorenzogate

    Follow the money I guess. Makes sense for a foreign player as well.

  • tk

    They r takin advantage of the nba’s declinin economy by offering these players what most teams cant. Very smart on their behalf

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    See, if Portland REALLY wanted a 3 point shooter, they should be trying to sign this guy… but the picked up Andre Miller, which is not a bad move. I just remember them saying how they wanted Hedo cause he could hit 3′s. Well, so can Kleiza.

  • jdote

    good point niQ. But at the same time they definitely got a logjam at the 2/3 position with Fernandez, Outlaw, Batum and Webster. I wonder how big of a loss it is for denver. Kleiza was much better in 07-08, but he was still somewhat reliable last season. I guess this opens up minutes for Balkman though

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    can’t knock the hustle.

  • zabba

    The GM of Olympiakos has a collage poster of all the prominent NBA free agents in his office. Every week he throws a dart at it.

  • tavoris

    there goes Denver’s bench scoring. The JR Smith as a starter experiment will be over before it begins.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276 chiqo

    smith is too streaky to start anyway. my opinion. and i’d take the money, at least for one year. six million is more than he’d make here, since the knicks aren’t attempting to overpay him.

  • tavoris

    @chiqo it’s been publicly noted that Smith was slated to start with the departure of Dahntay Jones…now he’s surely going back to the bench

  • bakers’ dozen

    No bench scoring for Denver automatically puts JR in 6th man mode again with Aaron Aflalo filling the Dahntay Jones role.

    I think the LK for Ron Ron trade looks better now…too bad it didn’t happen two years ago.

  • Quail

    @jdote: I highly doubt the nuggets will be playing Balkman. They’ll sign or trade for somebody to be a backup 3/4.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Von Wafer is joining him too.

  • http://www.twofistedpress.com Pve84

    The fact that Olympiakos essentially offered the same contract to Nate, AI, Ron, and Kleiza, 4 very different players of varying skill, makes the team seem pretty hungry for NBA talent.

  • Josh D

    The NBA and the Nuggets has lost a very good player

  • J

    LK is very good, he played great with Iverson and Camby in Denver.
    He would be an asset to any team.
    Sad to see him leave the NBA, but if he can make alot more money, why not?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Von Wafer AND Linus Kleiza? Book Olympiakos for a championship.

  • Clipp Show 714

    Huge loss for the Nuggets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=814908451&ref=nf The Last Kings Fan

    Is Olympiacos the best team in Europe? Or do they just offer contracts to everyone?

  • http://donthaveanownwebsite.com Art Vendelay

    Bit of both, Kings Fan.

  • http://vandelayindustries.com Art Vandelay

    Bit of both, Kings Fan

  • http://www.sprint.com/pre dma

    portland wanted Hedo not only because he could shoot 3s. he can handle the ball and set up the offense, which steve blake can’t do. shooting the 3 was just a bonus. kleiza is arguably just as good as webster, batum and outlaw.

  • RedRum

    well.. he is making the equivalent of a $12m contract in the NBA (taxes paid by the team, house/car/personal chef all paid) while playing in one of the best team in Europe in on the the best cities in the world (Denver does not compare with Athens…) Just to put it perspective, he makes almost the same amount of money that Carmelo makes, while playing half the games, living in a nice sunny weather… not too bad if you ask me…

  • http://groups.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=groups.groupProfile&groupID=104091021&Mytoken=DDF795E1-BAA9-4AA4-A658D26EF5D70607132654176 clapzilla

    The Nuggets Will Be Fine Since Balkman Is A Better Fit As Melo’s Backup Than Kleiza Would Ever Be. Balkman Produced Alot When He Was Used At That Spot Last Season While Kleiza Was Underwhelming Most of The Time.

  • http://myspace.com/2grownup2beshownup Jack

    I Disagree Capzilla, Balkman Is Best Used As A Injury-Reserve Energy Type Guy, Sure He Deserves More Minutes But He Can’t Score At All, Save For Hustle And 2nd Chance Points. I See A Free Agent Signing Or A Trade Coming Up. Bring In Darius Miles!

    The Capital Thing Is Annoying Huh? It’s A Real B!tch To Type Too, So How About You Learn How To Type Properly? Surely You Read Enough To Know That Not Every Word Needs A Capital, Fool.

  • http://slam nyjoe

    Only Europe would pay an average baller with average numbers(if you can call them average)that kind of money. The Nuggets were great last year and with the right move or two, they could’ve contended for a championship this year.The power of the greeedy dollar takes the place of a possible championship yet again.

  • http://slam nyjoe

    Only Europe would pay an average baller with average numbers(if you can call them average)that kind of money. The Nuggets were great last year and with the right move or two, they could’ve contended for a championship this year.The power of the greeedy dollar takes the place of a possible championship yet again.

  • tavoris

    nyjoe, do you really think Denver was gonna contend? they are only 7 players deep (and 2-3 of those players wouldn’t even be in the top team’s rotation). They had a great year-mainly attributed to staying healthy-but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

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