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June 6, 2013 Updates

The Denver Nuggets have fired coach George Karl, a league source told Yahoo! Sports. With one year left on his contract, Karl was pushing for a contract extension and ownership was unwilling to make the commitment. With a sense that Denver could be facing a year of acrimony with the 2012-'13 NBA Coach of the Year, CEO Josh Kroenke decided to part ways with Karl. Yahoo! Sports

For Kroenke, this was a bold move for the franchise, but multiple sources said that Karl had been so unhappy about going into the final year of his contract without a new deal that things could've become untenable with him. Nuggets management believes it can attract an elite coach with its talented, young roster. Yahoo! Sports

June 2, 2013 Updates

Josh Kroenke will consider looking at other NBA executives. It's unlikely that Kroenke, who is a major part of basketball decisions, will tab himself as the Denver GM. He recently became the Avalanche team president too. So Denver will tab a new GM this month. And it's quite possible it could be an in-house promotion. Denver Post

May 31, 2013 Updates

Prior to his departure, Ujiri issued a statement expressing his gratitude to the Nuggets. "First and foremost, I would like to thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for the opportunity they have given me over the past three years," Ujiri said. "It was a very difficult decision to leave Denver, but the Nuggets remain in good hands. I’d also like to thank the coaching staff for their work and the fans for their support and dedication. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the city of Denver and the Nuggets as an organization." NBA.com

"I have tremendous admiration for him as a colleague and will always consider him to be a great friend. Our search for a new executive will begin immediately, and I will make an announcement once that process is concluded." In preparation for the upcoming NBA Draft, Kroenke will work closely with vice president of basketball operations Pete D’Alessandro, director of player personnel Mike Bratz, scout Herb Livsey and scouting coordinator Dan Tolzman. NBA.com

May 30, 2013 Updates

According to NBA sources contacted by Sportsnet, Masai Ujiri met with Denver president Josh Kroenke on Wednesday and is weighing a lucrative offer from Toronto for five years with a value an ESPN report pegged at $15 million. It’s a considerable raise from the three-year deal worth about $1.5 million he is finishing up in Denver. The Nuggets have made a counteroffer but it’s not clear it’s nearly as valuable as the deal the Raptors are willing to provide. SportsNet

Ujiri is described by those who know him as meticulous, such that even if he has a strong feeling about what his next move will be, he won’t execute it until he’s walked through all the issues at hand. And he won’t confirm his decision until he’s had a chance to meet in person with the various stakeholders. “It’s a life-changing decision,” said one league source of the situation. “And knowing him, if he leaves he’ll take his time and do it the right way.” SportsNet

May 28, 2013 Updates
May 25, 2013 Updates

The Nuggets are in a tricky situation with executive Masai Ujiri heading into the weekend. After agreeing in principle to a multi-million dollar and multi-year deal with team president Josh Kroenke prior to this summer, Kroenke said Friday night that as he and Ujiri were working through the final details of the arrangement, the Toronto GM position opened up and Toronto asked permission to interview Ujiri. "I have understood all along the relationships that Masai has in Toronto, and I respect those immensely," Kroenke said in a phone interview. "So when Toronto inquired about him recently, I knew that it was going to be a tough situation for everyone strictly because of the relationships involved." Denver Post

But Kroenke felt obliged to let him do the interview because of their friendship and Ujiri's relationships in Toronto. Now Ujiri is mulling over an offer with the Raptors. Yahoo Sports reported it could be as high as $3 million, a high payment for a team executive. "No matter what happens, we're going to be OK. I have all the confidence in the world in our players, our staff, and organization as a whole," said Kroenke, whose Nuggets won executive of the year in 2009 with Mark Warkentien and then this season with Ujiri. Denver Post

May 6, 2013 Updates

Q: Andre Iguodala can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. Where does he fall on your priority list? Nuggets president Josh Kroenke: “A.I., he was a big part of everything we did this year. He. is a unique player. He fits our system very well. He’s wonderful in our locker room. As far as his contractual situation, he has a player option for next year. He’s going to make a decision there and we’re going to be making our decisions as well. I can’t say too much about it because I don’t know exactly how it will unfold. Dre was a big part of who we were this year and we hope to have him as part of what we’re doing going forward.” NBA.com

Q: Finally, Masai Ujiri’s contract is up this summer. What can you tell us about keeping him in Denver? Nuggets president Josh Kroenke: “Masai and I, we pretty much figured that out between each other. We have a relationship where we openly discuss (everything). Last summer, Philadelphia made a run at him. I said, ‘Hey, buddy, if you want to be here, let’s talk about it when the time is right.’ That was really about it. For the fans, they should know Masai wants to be here and I think he enjoys working for me. I think we make a pretty good team, along with (vice president of basketball operations) Pete D’Alessandro, (scouting coordinator) Dan Tolzman and the rest of our scouting staff. I wouldn’t anticipate any issues there.” NBA.com

May 5, 2013 Updates
May 3, 2013 Updates

There has been much buzz around Denver about the future of George Karl, after the Nuggets coach lost 4-2 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the Warriors. "George is under contract for next year. At this point in time, we haven't really given any thought to making any change whatsoever," Nuggets president Josh Kroenke told The Denver Post and nuggets.com. "As we do at the end of every season, we'll have internal meetings and George will obviously be a major part of them. We won 57 games and in my mind, he should hands down be the NBA coach of the year. We'll all put our heads together and try to figure out what happened (in the playoffs) and why it happened. We were without our second-leading scorer, and some benefit of the doubt should be given to a coach with well over 1,000 wins without one of his leading scorers (Danilo Gallinari) in the playoffs." Denver Post

May 1, 2013 Updates

Ujiri studied Karl's great Seattle teams from the mid-1990s. The type of players he got the most out of. The types who didn't fit. The way he liked to play. "The most impressive thing is his system," Ujiri said. "The way he coaches allows players to be very successful. Role players, star players, all kinds of players -- they all did well for him. "When I came here [Nuggets owner] Josh Kroenke told me that, if Carmelo left, the type of players we wanted to bring in were young and energetic, who would fit with his system." It was a conscious choice to aggregate talent and essentially shun the star-centric system. To prioritize speed, depth, athleticism, defensive ability and hustle over play-making and scoring talent. Or, as Karl puts it, ''Why don't we just go get really good players and try to make 'em great?" ESPN.com

October 2, 2012 Updates
August 17, 2012 Updates

During a whirlwind visit Thursday, he chatted with Karl about the Denver lifestyle and potential golf courses. Iguodala later shook hands with season ticket holders and thanked them for their support. He even poked fun of his new boss, Nuggets president Josh Kroenke. The two met a few years ago at the wedding of a mutual friend. Kroenke was just getting his start in the NBA at that time. “All he had was a Rolex (watch), some jeans and a white polo,” Iguodala said, drawing a laugh from Kroenke sitting to his right. “He said, ‘All I have is this Rolex and nothing else.’ We had a great time with one another and we bonded. How we came to this point is so funny.” NBA.com

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