What the Denver Nuggets can do this off-season to get to next level

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The Denver Nuggets nearly pulled off a fairly significant upset in the first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.  Their depth has served them well the past two seasons but can that style of play get them to the next level?  That is one of the questions management must explore this off-season.

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Applying the Allan Houston Rule to the NBA Northwest Division Teams in 2011

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One of the topics expected to be discussed during the NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston Rule.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  Here is the Northwest Division.

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Nene Question Tops Denver Nuggets Off-Season Agenda

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The Denver Nuggets more than held their own after the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks. Still, the team has some critical decisions to make this off-season about some of their younger talent.

By: David Kay

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Carmelo Handcuffing Nuggets to Start Season

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Carmelo Anthony is going to get traded and will be playing for the New York Knicks in the very near future.  Until a deal is made, this cloud will hang over the Denver Nuggets franchise and leave numerous questions about the up-coming season and very near future.

By: David Kay
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NBA Power Rankings: #9 Denver Nuggets

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By: David Kay

2008-09 Season Summary:
The Nuggets have to be happy with their 2008-09 season. They started the year with a volatile roster that was more likely to become the first team to ever fight each other on the court than come together and succeed. The obvious turning point of the season came less than a week in when the Nuggets traded Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups (and some other pieces). After Chauncey took his spot on the roster the Nuggets gained some instant chemistry and floor leadership as they ran to a 54-win season and the second-best record in the Western Conference. They parlayed that second seed into a bid into the Western Conference Finals where the Nuggets were realistically just a notch or two below the Lakers.

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