Ap_linas-kleiza_medium The Denver Post is reporting that Linas Kleiza will be signing a 2-year $12 million deal with the Greek club Olympiakos.

I was afraid that LK might leave the Nuggets, but at the same time I didn’t think he’d really leave the NBA. Denver loses a key reserve off the bench … and a guy that causes many-a-fans to smash their heads against walls with his inconsistent play.

I was a fan of LK's game initially, but definitely found myself wondering when he was going to realize his full potential … that's no longer going to be an issue for me since he's decided to leave the NBA. Denver will still retain his rights as a restricted free agent much like the Atlanta Hawks and Josh Childress. So, if LK wants back in the League … all paths go through Denver and his $2.7 million qualifying offer.

The end result here is the Nuggets losing another member of a team that went to the Western Conference Finals and a Euro League team has poached another NBA player. How will Denver replace LK? Whether you are a fan of him or not … the bench is now looking paper thin.


Linas Kleiza 2008-09 Exit Interview.



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