Friday , Feb , 08 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Trade Movement Continues in the West, Denver is Next

Are Nuggets next? The Lakers grabbed Gasol, Phoenix brought Shaquille O’Neal into dock. Golden State picked up Chris Webber, San Antonio signed Damon Stoudamire and Utah has had an impressive month after acquiring Kyle Korver. Is Denver the next West contender to load up? ‘We’re always interested in getting better,’ coach George Karl said. ‘But I don’t think you’re going to see us make a Band-Aid move to get better.’ The Nuggets are in a bit of a tough spot. They’re deep into the luxury tax and owner Stan Kroenke doesn’t seem inclined to spend a lot more money.

Injuries are an issue. The Nuggets don’t know when Nene, recovering from testicular cancer surgery, might return and it’s hard to predict how Chucky Atkins, 33, will look when he returns from a sports hernia by early April. ‘I’d like to answer that question about three weeks after we’re healthy,’ Karl said of whether Denver can end up being the team he anticipated. But that will be after the Feb. 21 trade deadline? ‘It makes it difficult because you’re predicting,’ Karl said. Click here for more from the Rocky Mountain News.