Nuggets have no shot at getting Irving
Readers talk and columnist Mark Kiszla responds
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