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Nuggets Fire Karl; Kroenke's Replacements For Coach, GM Will Steer Team's Future
Published June 7, 2013
BACK TO THE FUTURE: SI.com's Ian Thomsen wrote the Nuggets "peaked because they benefited from two of the NBA's best leaders," in Karl and former GM Masai Ujiri, now with the Raptors, and "now they look ahead to next year from an entirely new and unpredictable perspective." While the "disappointment of the playoffs surely played a role in Karl's firing, the more important factor appears to be the Nuggets' imminent decision on a GM, and the team's pursuit of a new identity going forward." In addition to VP/Basketball Operations Pete D'Alessandro, who is the "leading in-house candidate, the most likely replacements for Ujiri" include Wizards VP/Basketball Administration Tommy Sheppard and Bucks Assistant GM Jeff Weltman (SI.com, 6/6). In Sacramento, Jason Jones notes the Kings asked the Nuggets for "permission to speak" with D'Alessandro about replacing outgoing President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. The Nuggets as of Thursday night "had not granted the Kings permission." The Nuggets not making an offer to keep Ujiri is "reason to believe they might allow D'Alessandro to leave if another team makes him an attractive offer" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 6/7).