Mike Bratz during his playing days with the Spurs. Who likes short shorts? - Dick Raphael, Getty Images
Salary cap guru Pete D'Alessandro and Mike Bratz have been promoted by the Denver Nuggets.
D'Alessandro is now the Vice President of Basketball Operations and Bratz has been named Director of Player Personnel, according to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri.
Color me a little confused with the titles of D'Alessandro and Ujiri. One guy is just the VP and the other is the EVP? Sounds good to me. So long as Ujiri gets a nice fat contract extension, we're all good! When is that coming? Hopefully before Ujiri's contract is up at the end of the season, but don't hold your breath.
Glad to see some stability coming into place within the Nuggets' front office. With the old three headed monster of Mark Warkentien, Brett Bearup, and Rex Chapman there seemed to be a constant state of confusion as to who was actually in charge and who to contact for trade talk for the Nuggets.
Congratulations to D'Alessandro and Bratz.
And how about that photo above of Bratz from his playing days with the Spurs?
Here is some additional info on D'Alessandro and Bratz:
D'Alessandro is in his third season with the Nuggets after joining the team in 2010 as advisor to the executive vice president of basketball operations. From 2004-08, he served as director of basketball operations and assistant general manager for the Golden State Warriors.
Bratz joined the Nuggets as the team's scouting director in 2009. Prior to coming to Denver, he spent nine years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, serving as director of basketball operations and director of player personnel.
Bratz also spent nine years in the NBA, playing for Phoenix, Cleveland, San Antonio, Chicago, Golden State and Sacramento. In addition, he was an assistant coach with the Cavaliers in 2002-03 and 2005.