Nuggets have no shot at get­ting Irv­ing

Read­ers talk and colum­nist Mark Kiszla re­sponds

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Let’s make a deal.why haven’t the Nuggets reached out to try to get Cleve­land Cava­liers point guard Kyrie Irv­ing in a trade? The Nuggets have claimed for years they have the as­sets to make a le­git­i­mate of­fer for a player who’s not only one of the best point guards in the NBA, but plays a po­si­tion of dire need for the Nuggets. Why couldn’t Den­ver of­fer Gary Har­ris (or Em­manuel Mu­diay), Ken­neth Faried, Wil­son Chan­dler and a cou­ple of fu­ture draft picks to make a bet­ter pack­age than any­thing Cleve­land would get of­fered by any­one else? Dustin, wheeler-dealer

Kiz: If money talks, sign­ing free agent Paul Mill­sap for $60 mil­lion guar­an­teed over the course of two years was a win-now move. So it only makes sense the Nuggets should get in a bid for Irv­ing, al­ready an NBA all-star four times at age 25. But here’s the rub: I plugged in Chan­dler, Mu­diay and Har­ris into the NBA trade ma­chine, which said that deal is a salary cap fit for Irv­ing. The prob­lem? I see no way the Cava­liers find that deal at­trac­tive. To get Irv­ing, the Nuggets would prob­a­bly have to give up Har­ris and Ja­mal Mur­ray. The chances of that hap­pen­ing? Slim and none.

It’s a short Story. Why would the Rock­ies be look­ing for a catcher be­fore the trade dead­line? What about a short­stop? Trevor Story is gosh-aw­ful at the plate, while Colorado’s catch­ers seem to be han­dling the pitch­ing staff pretty well. Bran­son, keep­ing it real

Kiz: Bren­dan Rodgers, the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2015, fig­ures to be the start­ing short­stop at Coors Field by 2019. So here’s guess­ing Story will be trade bait at some point dur­ing the next two years. But the young Colorado pitch­ing staff could use the steady hand of a vet­eran catcher (Alex Avila?) right now.

Write stuff. Kiz, you’re the en­tire rea­son, in fact the only rea­son, I read The Den­ver Post, which I de­liv­ered as a kid. When I read your stuff, I think: “He’s way smarter than a sports­writer. Why is he wast­ing his time on sports jerks?” It seems like I should be read­ing you in a na­tional pub­li­ca­tion, be­cause you’re an­other Frank De­ford or Rick Reilly. Paul, much too kind

Kiz: The only place I will ever be 10 per­cent as tal­ented as the late, great Mr. De­ford or 20 per­cent as rich as Mr. Reilly? My dreams.

Bron­cos have lost buzz. With the loss of line­backer Shane Ray to a wrist in­jury, I’m now more wor­ried about the Bron­cos’ de­fense than who starts at quar­ter­back for them. It re­ally feels like an 8-8 sea­son. No buzz. Con­nie, con­cerned cit­i­zen

Kiz: The Bron­cos could have drafted Alabama line­backer Reuben Foster at No. 20 in the first round. They will re­gret it.

Some­thing to chew on. And to­day’s part­ing shot is from a savvy reader who has no­ticed that some mem­bers of the me­dia seem to let fond­ness for Trevor Siemian or Pax­ton Lynch in­flu­ence their re­port­ing of the Bron­cos’ quar­ter­back com­pe­ti­tion:

If I were a sports jour­nal­ist, I would root for the guy who gives bet­ter sound bites and buys the first drink. Gabriel, Water­loo, Iowa

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