Denver Nuggets Rumors
Howard Beck: Lots of intrigue/speculation about Nets GM search among team execs here in Toronto. General consensus is Bryan Colangelo gets the nod. But there’s also a strong sense that DEN’s Arturas Karnisovas has a strong shot. Highly regarded, and speaks Russian, which helps with owner. That’s led to speculation that Nets could go with a Colangelo-Karnisovas combo, which would make a lot of sense.
Rockets center Dwight Howard may be on the market, but don’t expect the Nuggets to make a play for him. The scuttle across the league is the Nuggets would not be interested in dealing for the big man, who, according to Yahoo Sports, is very much available for trades.
If they do, and he accepts, could Chauncey Billups be an option for the Nuggets to get into their front office? He could. It would be up to the Nuggets to make the call. Billups still wants the chance to join a front office. “I still do have those aspirations,” Billups said. “I’m not just going to jump in anywhere. I would like for it to be a nice situation, a good situation. And if it comes, that’s fine, I’ll look at it. And if it doesn’t that’s fine, I’ll be okay.”
Right now Billups is an NBA analyst for ESPN, something he says he likes. But he adds he thinks the timing is right to make the move, if the right opportunity arises. “That’s been a good transition for me,” Billups said. “It doesn’t take up too much of my time. I wanted to not really go right into an NBA job. I wanted to decompress a little bit. I had some making up to do, I had some time to make up with my family, my girls. And I just kind of wanted to step away long enough where the guys that I played with and all of these young guys that I talk to all the time — I still do — but I want them to see me and respect me a little differently than as a player.”
League sources said that the Kings have made it clear All-Star forward DeMarcus Cousins is not on the market. The Nuggets have also indicated that forward Danilo Gallinari is not on the block, and he has had a history of knee issues and is not seen as a transcendent star anyway.
The Brooklyn Nets’ braintrust will meet this weekend and get down to a short list of two or three candidates for its general manager opening, a league source told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. The frontrunners are believed to be two-time executive of the year Bryan Colangelo, Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks.