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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  7 responses

Nuggets Clean House in the Front Office

Denver has let go of Rex Champan and Mark Warkentien, a curious move considering they’re still negotiating with ‘Melo about a contract extension. The Denver Post reports: The Nuggets announced this afternoon they will not extend the contracts of their two chief front office executives, Rex Chapman and Mark Warkentien. ‘Mark and Rex have played important roles in our success over the past several seasons,’ KSE executive vice president Paul Andrews said in a news release. “However, after meeting with both individually in recent weeks, we decided it would be best for all parties to go their separate ways. We appreciate everything that each has done for the organization and wish them nothing but the very best in the future. We are in the process of evaluating and restructuring the Nuggets front office and have begun a search for possible replacements as we prepare for the upcoming season.’ When reached by phone today, Warkentien would not comment. Warkentien, who joined the team before the 2005-06 season, was named the NBA’s executive of the year after the 2009 season when the Nuggets tied a team record with 54 wins and advanced to the Western Conference finals. He started as the Nuggets’ director of player personnel and was named vice president of basketball operations in September 2006. Chapman was hired the same day Warkentien was promoted and has been the VP of player personnel since then. Chapman played 12 seasons in the NBA; he was the No. 8 overall pick in the 1988 draft by the expansion Charlotte Hornets.”

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  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    bad move as the nuggets have progressed so much in the past few years. just because they didn’t make noise this summer doesn’t mean they’re a bad team. unfortunately kmart and birdman have been injured. they should have kept marcus camby though.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Denver really didn’t clean house, because Bret “TheDenverKid” Bearup is still an advisor. And who’s Stan going to sell the team to? Hmmm

  • Lucas

    Stupid. Hey Golden State, hire either chapman or pritchard ASAP!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Eduardo, I didn’t see progress for the Nuggets as a team this past season, more like spinning their wheels in the mud, then another first round exit. Come to think of it, Carmelo’s career in Denver almost mirrors Kevin Garnett’s in Minnesota.

  • MikeC.

    @IAMORANGE4EVER – The main difference between Melo’s and KG’s careers is that the Nuggets haven’t made any bonehead moves that crippled the franchise and wasted Melo’s youth and prime years. The only stupid thing the Nuggets have done is they’ve had to play against Tim Duncan and Kobe year after year. It’s not like the Nuggets offered Kwame Brown an illegal contract, then wrote it down and cost their team several first round picks.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    @IAMORANGE4EVER, @MikeC
    Garnett got bounced in the 1st round every year. Minny acquired a new, bald-headed PG and proceed to make the WCF only to get dismissed by the Lakers. Then the team resumes their penchant for first-round flameouts.
    Melo gets bounced in the 1st round every year.
    Denver acquired a new, bald-headed PG and proceed to make the WCF only to get dismissed by the Lakers. Then the team resumes their penchant for first-round flameouts.
    That’s looks pretty similar to me.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @LA Huey yesir, that looks similar to me too. Bottom line, Melo needs to UPGRADE his career in NYC. You can’t stop destiny.

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