Kenneth Faried questions unclear future of Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets, possibly one of the most exciting teams to watch in the playoffs this year, are seemingly falling apart.

The Nuggets leadership is dissolving before our very eyes and clearly having its affect on Denver’s players, as can be seen from Thursday’s quote from Kenneth Faried.

So we lost a GM now a coach what's next!?
Kenneth Faried

Masai UjiriDenver began the offseason by giving permission to the Toronto Raptors to negotiate with general manager and the 2013 Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri. That decision ultimately led to him leaving after three years as GM.

He rejoins the Raptors, who gave him his first front office opportunity—having plucked him away from Denver, where he served as an international scout for four years, to be their director of international scouting before being elevated to assistant general manager.

GeorgeKarlNow, the Nuggets are also without a coach.

After a year in which he was finally honored as the Coach of the Year, George Karl has been released from his contract.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Karl—who was entering the final year of his deal—was pushing for a contract extension. However, with Ujiri no longer in the fold, Karl was having to negotiate with Denver’s ownership.

Needless to say, those negotiations didn’t go over too well.

In final year of deal, Karl was pushing for a contract extension, and ownership wasn't prepared to give it to him, source tells Y!
Adrian Wojnarowski

Team ownership probably wasn’t too fond of his recent playoff history, considering his team has only made it out of the first round just once in the past ten seasons. Let’s not fail to mention his underwhelming career playoff win percentage (43.2 percent).

As the Denver Post reported on Sunday, the Nuggets may be considering Pete D’Alessandro—former GM Masai Ujiri’s top assistant—as their next general manager. The Post expects the Nuggets to make a decision on their GM vacancy before the end of the month.

They may need to move even quicker if they hope to get a good coach to fill Karl’s shoes, and it may be that they intend to do just that.

Denver believes it can attract an elite coach with its roster; simply didn't want to deal with an unhappy Karl in final year of contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski
Denver plans to reach out for permission to speak to Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins soon, league source tells Y! Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski

Only time will tell what the future may hold for this young and entertaining franchise. Fans can only hope that things work out for the best—for Faried, his teammates and themselves.


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  1. steppxxxz says

    karl has never had a losing record. His playoff record is underwhelming, but this year….galinari goes down……hard to overcome. Karl has always been polorizing but when management starts thinking they know better……you know firstly that they dont, and secondly bad decisions will follow. I think karl is a hall of famer.

    • says

      I think if Ujiri was still in Denver as GM, Karl wouldn’t be out as coach. I think this decision is mostly the owner’s choice.

      I am sure that if he wants to coach next year, he will find a good landing spot.

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