Tuesday , Jul , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets sign first-round picks Hodge and Kleiza

=== Nuggets sign first-round picks Hodge and Kleiza ===

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets have signed first-round picks
Julius Hodge and Linas Kleiza to multi-year contracts. Terms of the deals were
not released by the club.

Hodge a 6-7 swingman, was the 20th overall pick in last week’s draft. He
averaged 17 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a senior at North Carolina
State last season and was named ACC Player of the Year as a junior.

Kleiza, a 6-8 forward, was taken as the 27th overall selection by the Portland
Trail Blazers. He was then traded to Denver along with the draft rights to
Ricky Sanchez, the 35th pick, in exchange for the draft rights to Jarrett
Jack, the 22nd selection.

Kleiza was named to the All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Team last season after
leading Missouri in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) as a