Nuggets make offer to Kleiza

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 7:55 p.m. CDT; updated 8:05 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 21, 2010

DENVER — The Denver Nuggets have made a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Linas Kleiza, a former Missouri player who spent the past season in Greece.

Nuggets officials didn't release the terms of the offer Monday.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pounds Kleiza averaged 8.3 points per game and 3.5 rebounds in 301 games over four seasons with the Nuggets from 2005-09. Denver acquired the forward in a trade with Portland in June 2005.

Kleiza spents two seasons at Missouri before declaring for the 2005 draft, where he was drafted with the 27th pick of the first round by the Trailblazers. He averaged 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Tigers in his final season in 2004-05.

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Tommy Piatchek Jr. July 8, 2010 | 3:01 p.m.

Kleiza signed a four-year, $18.8 million offer sheet Thursday with the Toronto Raptors, according to his agent, Bill Duffy. The Nuggets will have seven days to match the offer.

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