HoopsHype Coby Karl rumors

September 28, 2010 Updates

After missing the final 1 ½ months of last season due to a form of throat cancer, Karl will start training camp Tuesday with the Nuggets. But not on hand will be son Coby Karl, a guard who signed last week with a Spanish team after being waived last month by Denver. "I was very disappointed,'' George Karl said Monday about the Nuggets having let his son go rather than fully guarantee his contract for this season. FanHouse.com

September 23, 2010 Updates

Coby Karl’s basketball journey is headed back overseas. Karl, the son of Nuggets coach George Karl, said Thursday he has agreed to a one-year contract with CB Granada of the Spanish ACB, one of the world’s top professional leagues. Karl, a 27-year-old combo guard, signed with the Nuggets on April 11 but did not appear in any regular-season or playoff games. After averaging 14 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists for Denver’s summer league team in Las Vegas, he was waived on Aug. 15. “I don’t think it’s by any means having the (NBA) dream end,” he said. “I think it’s a process and a step. It’s been frustrating at times, but I’m very happy with where I am as player right now. I’m getting better and I still think there will be an opportunity in the future.” NBA.com

August 15, 2010 Updates

It's possible guard Coby Karl could return to the Denver Nuggets despite being waived by the team Friday. Dan Fegan, the agent for the son of Nuggets coach George Karl, said in an interview with FanHouse on Sunday that Coby Karl will clear waivers on Tuesday. His options then will be further assessed. "Coby has proven that he can contribute at the NBA level,'' Fegan said of the two-year NBA veteran. "He's gotten better every year. And we're still in discussions with Denver regarding his situation. Just because he's gotten waived doesn't mean that he won't be part of the Nuggets.'' FanHouse.com

A source close the situation said a Western Conference team expressed interested in trading for Coby Karl last week. However, the Nuggets ended up not wanting to take on extra salary at the time. Waiving Coby Karl and Butch got the Nuggets down to 12 players, one shy of the NBA roster minimum. Because they're over the luxury-tax line, they'll have to play a dollar-for-dollar tax on any additional players they sign. FanHouse.com

The Nuggets have requested waivers on guard Coby Karl and center Brian Butch, a source said Saturday. Both had contracts due to become fully guaranteed for next season had they remained with the team following Aug. 15. The source said the moves were made Friday, the last business day before Sunday's deadline, although the Nuggets made no announcement. Calls to Nuggets officials were not immediately returned. FanHouse.com

August 11, 2010 Updates

Sources said Tuesday that Denver coach George Karl is expecting his son, Nuggets point guard Coby Karl, to be waived by a Sunday deadline in which his contract would become fully guaranteed for next season. That could prevent Coby Karl from becoming the first man to play in an NBA game while being coached by his father. The Nuggets have until Aug. 15 to make calls on the contracts of both Coby Karl and Brian Butch, who were signed to deals last April. Either would have his contract fully guaranteed if still on the team past that date. FanHouse.com

July 17, 2010 Updates

"I think he played great,'' Karl said of his son, who averaged 14.0 points in four Denver games at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas before missing the final game to go to the ESPYs. "I think he played good enough (to make the roster next season).'' Karl has said it would be a "dream'' to coach his son, a two-year NBA veteran who didn't get into a game for Denver but has played for the Lakers, Cleveland and Golden State, in the NBA. "It was a positive experience once again,'' Coby said of also having played well for the Nuggets last summer in Las Vegas. "We'll have to see what happens... It would just be exciting for me to be on the team (next season).'' FanHouse.com

When Karl was told a few months ago he was to be honored at Wednesday's ESPYs with the Jimmy V Award for perseverance, named after former North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993, Karl initially was reluctant. But he eventually realized he couldn't turn down a chance to preach his message before millions. "When I was first told about the award, I didn't think I was worthy of accepting it,'' Karl said in an interview Friday with FanHouse. "But, as time goes on, I realized that it would be a chance to speak and help the cancer program. There's no cancer program like the Jimmy V (Foundation). ... I was humbled by the honor.'' FanHouse.com

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