HoopsHype Mark Warkentien rumors
If Melo turns the team down this summer, the last resort could be trading him, a source told The Denver Post's Mark Kiszla earlier this week. As for the Nuggets' hefty offer to Anthony, Warkentien said: "Nothing's new — (owner) Stan Kroenke's in it to win it. As far as the offer, did you expect anything less? In our business, (contract offers) always depend on the name, and Melo's the right name." Denver Post
Mark Warkentien, the team's vice president of basketball operations, said by phone that he wants Carmelo Anthony to be like a John Elway. "Win a championship and play in one place forever," Warkentien said. "Bill Russell, David Robinson, you go to one place and you're the brand. There's a special category for that type of guy." Denver Post
Denver's Mark Warkentien, the 2008-09 NBA Executive of the Year, is in the running for the Phoenix general manager job. A source told FanHouse that Warkentien, the Nuggets vice president of basketball operations, was granted permission to speak with the Suns, and he talked this week on the phone to Phoenix owner Robert Sarver. FanHouse.com
The source said no formal interview has been set up by Phoenix with Warkentien, and it's believed the Suns are going to take their time in searching for a replacement for Steve Kerr, who will not return when his contract expires Wednesday. The source said San Antonio assistant general manager David Lindsey already has interviewed with Sarver, but that it could be a month or so before the job is filled. FanHouse.com
Joe Freeman: Larry Miller: "Mark Warkentien will not be a candidate for this job. There is no interest in bringing him back into this role." Twitter
Speaking of front-office maneuverings, Denver GM Mark Warkentien has been quietly pushing for a decision one way or another from ownership on his future after his contract expires Aug. 31. With no contract offer forthcoming, Warkentien asked for permission to speak with Phoenix about its GM opening, with the understanding that he’d also want to speak with Portland and the Clippers after the draft. CBSSports.com
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