HoopsHype Josh Kroenke rumors

May 31, 2013 Updates
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
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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

June 12, 2012 Updates

"There's very few seasons that end as well as I think our season ended," Karl said. "But in the same sense, I think we've got to be a little cautious of being too optimistic. But the summer is fun for us. We've always loved the summer. ... And hey, we've got good young players. In the end we might have too many good young players, but that's going to be Masai (Ujiri, Nuggets executive VP of basketball operations) and his (team president Josh Kroenke's) problem. My problem is to make them as confident and ready to go next year." Denver Post

March 20, 2012 Updates

Josh Kroenke explained his frustration about a couple of national reports he read, which stated that Denver signed big man Nene with the intention of trading Nene later in the season. “I want to squash that right now,” said Kroenke, the Nuggets president. “This organization is not in a situation where we can take a $60-plus million gamble like that. Masai (Ujiri) and I, before the season started, we had numerous plans in place, even if we weren’t able to retain Nene. Our initial plan was to have Nene around for quite a while. It hurt me to see that (people) thought that I would view someone like that. Nene has been such a vital cog in this organization, he’s been so great on and off the floor, he married a girl from Denver, they just had a baby. Things like that go into a decision like that and it affects me big-time. To see (those rumors) out there, I want to step out in front of it and say – that’s not the case. Denver Post

March 13, 2012 Updates
March 10, 2012 Updates

Q: A lot of people probably ask you about Wilson Chandler. Is there any update on his status? Josh Kroenke: He was here (in Denver) and it was great to see him. I think he had a very good experience in China. It wasn’t the NBA, but I think he has a greater appreciation now of what our league is. We’re still in active talks. I don’t know what’s going to wind up happening. We definitely want Wilson on our team. It’s tough because it’s such a unique situation trying to add a young veteran player to a new contract in the middle of a season. There are so many factors that go into a decision like that. We’re working hard on trying to add him. NBA.com

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