Sources: George Karl Expecting Son Coby to Be Waived by Denver
The Nuggets have until Aug. 15 to make calls on the contracts of both Coby Karl and Brian Butch, who were signed to deals last April. Either would have his contract fully guaranteed if still on the team past that date.
Because George Karl, who declined an interview request Tuesday, expects his son to be waived, sources said he's already sending out feelers to find other teams that might want to sign him. The Coby Karl contract that the Nuggets can get out of is one for the minimum of $854,389.
It would be controversial if the Nuggets waived Butch, who has a minimum contract worth $762,195, due to the center having suffered a serious knee injury in the NBA Summer League last month that is expected to keep him out until at least January. If they were to waive him, it's expected Butch would have to be paid until becoming medically cleared to play.
Retaining both Butch and Coby Karl would give the Nuggets 14 players with guaranteed contracts and limit their flexibility. The NBA roster minimum is 13, and having any player over that number would result in a bigger luxury-tax bill for the Nuggets.
It's not out of the question the Nuggets could waive Coby Karl and seek to bring him back at some point with a deal that isn't fully guaranteed. But Coby Karl, who could not be reached Tuesday, might not want to return to a Denver team that has three solid point guards in Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson and Anthony Carter.
Then Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Mark Warkentien played a key role in last April's signing of Coby Karl when George Karl was battling a form of throat cancer. But Warkentien was let go last week by Denver.
Coby Karl last season became the first player to be on an NBA team his dad coached. Technically, George Karl was Denver's coach when Coby Karl joined the Nuggets late last season while never getting into a game. But Denver's acting coach then was assistant Adrian Dantley, with George Karl having missed the final 1 1/2 months of the season due to his cancer.
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