Denver Nuggets Offseason 2012: JaVale McGee Agrees To 4-Year, $44 Million Deal

The Denver Nuggets have re-signed JaVale McGee to a four-year contract.

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George Karl Thinks Nuggets 'Can Be A Top Four Team In The West'

Nuggets head coach George Karl joined KFFN in Denver Wednesday to discuss his team's offseason moves and in the process, made a bold assessment of Denver's chances next season:

"We are excited about this season and we think we can be a top four team in the West. If we get to a top four team in the West we should expect to try to win the first round and see what happens after that."

While this prediction won't be considered too adventurous to some after the acquisition of Andre Iguodala, the Nuggets have steadily been moving in the wrong direction for three years now. After locking up the fourth seed in the West back in 2010, Denver has fallen to the fifth seed in 2011, then sixth seed in 2012. All of this happened while managing to not win a single playoff series. Karl is confident that will change in this upcoming year, though, with Igodala being the "top-10 defender" they were sorely missing.

The 61-year-old head coach went on to say in the interview that his Nuggets will still "commit to playing fast." And while he acknowledged he still hears the critics claiming his system won't work, Karl remains steadfast that speed is a necessity:

"We talked about it and last year we did a good job at it but there's no way I want to slow down. I want to try to prove the world wrong that you can run and win in the NBA and you can win big if you keep running."

Despite the calendar still being in August, it seems that Karl is a man already decidedly determined to show the NBA a thing or two this season.

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NBA Free Agency: JaVale McGee Linked To Pacers And Trail Blazers, Nuggets Brace For Offers

The Denver Nuggets have been busy negotiating with restricted free agent center JaVale McGee on a new contract, but general manager Masai Ujiri may have some other suitors to deal with in the near future. David Aldridge of NBA.com reported via Twitter on Friday that the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers are teams that could make a big offer to McGee. The Trail Blazers agreed to a 4-year, $58 million maximum offer sheet with restricted free agent center Roy Hibbert at the opening of free agency, but the offer sheet cannot be officially extended until July 11 and the Pacers have three days from that time to decide whether or not to match. Aldridge notes that whichever team loses out on Hibbert is likely to use some of that money on an offer to McGee.

The 24-year-old center came to the Nuggets from the Washington Wizards in the Nene trade last season, and he averaged 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in 2011-12.

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Nuggets Draft Rumors: Denver Interested In Quincy Miller, Royce White

The Denver Nuggets are working out a pair of draft prospects, Quinzy Miller and Royce White, in preparation for the upcoming 2012 NBA draft. According to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, Miller -- who was at one time a highly-prized draft prospect -- has been working hard to improve his game leading up to the draft:

"I feel way more confident than I ever was at Baylor," said Jones, who will head for Chicago predraft camp next week like most of the top-level prospects. "Working out three times a day, I feel great. I see the potential I have. I'm actually using the potential I have.

"I've been using it in workouts. They've been going great, playing three-on-three or one-on-one. I do a lot that I normally wouldn't do. I'm just a lot more confident when I'm playing ball."

The Nuggets possess the No. 20 draft pick in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft.

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