Monday, October 30, 2006

Was This Really a Surprise?

(Boulder-CO) The Denver Nuggets official web site is reporting that the Nuggets have exercised contract options for both Linas “The Menace” Kleiza and J.R. “Still thinking of a moniker” Smith.
Smith’s fourth year option and Kleiza’s third year option were both announced yesterday by Nuggets Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien.

I for one am extremely glad that J.R. Smith is a Nugget. He has enormous potential and is young enough to expect improvement out of. He was impressive from three point range, shooting 39% from the arch, and was the Nuggets 2nd leading scorer in preseason. Can you say steal of the summer?

As for Linas, I think that his game is coming around too! He has seemingly improved his ball handling skills and has shown a few times that he can finish in the lane. Like Smith, Linas has also shown that he can hit the trey ball. Both players are coming off productive training camps and preseason play and are looking to prove that they are the future for the Nuggets. I am glad to have both players on the Denver Nuggets and hope that their futures remain here in Denver for a long time.

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