David Griffin, Nuggets Negotiating With GM Job Still Unfilled
But according to two sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to FanHouse, the former senior vice president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns has yet to accept. The financial negotiations are believed to be causing the delay, and it remains possible that Griffin -- who was a frontrunner all along with Toronto assistant general manager Masai Ujiri, the next finalist -- will decline the offer.
A source close to the process said the holdup has everything to do with the perception of the position itself. With the Nuggets having let go of executives Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman in early August, the increasingly-influential son of Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke, 30-year-old Josh, and team adviser Bret Bearup have taken lead roles when it comes to the team's personnel. As such, the financial expectations as the Nuggets see them for this particular general manager position shouldn't be on par with the rest of the league.
All the while, the Nuggets can't lose sight of the larger issue that is still looming as well - that of Carmelo Anthony. While Josh Kroenke and Bearup have been handling the general manager hiring process, the owner's son reportedly spent the weekend visiting Anthony in Baltimore to discuss the Nuggets star's uncertain future.
Anthony has yet to sign a three-year, $65 million extension that was offered earlier this summer, but sources insist it remains a strong possibility that he will eventually do so. With the league's owners taking the hard line in labor negotiations and looking to go the way of the NHL with a hard salary cap, Anthony knows it's a huge gamble to become a free agent next summer.
But the immense attention paid to his wandering eye has complicated his approach. Anthony looked primed to sign the extension in June, with the plan to secure his money under the guise of remaining loyal to Denver before quietly orchestrating his eventual move via trade.
FanHouse's Chris Tomasson contributed to this report. E-mail Sam at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @samickFanHouse.