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Lockout's Over! Who wants to be a Nugget?

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Carmelo's gone.  He took Chauncey with him.  JR and Kenyon weren't willing to wait.  They're in China.  Wilson Chandler bailed, too.  As they head toward their first game (on the day after Christmas), your Denver Nuggets are selling from an empty shelf.  Almost.

We can't speak for all Denver sports fans, but we were more than prepared to live without the NBA this year.  The drama surrounding the 2010 Nuggets and their predictable early exit from the playoffs left us ready for an extended vacation.  Out time off is about to come to an end.

After an exhausting lockout, NBA owners and players have apparently come to an agreement that will allow professional basketball to return on Christmas day.  The Nuggets have a whole lot of work to do between now and then.  Josh Kroenke and Masai Ujiri must now re-assemble a roster after seeing their players flee to New York, China and Europe.

Some bright spots remain, of course.  Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson are still here.  Chris Andersen is, too.  For now, anyway.  Andre Miller's back and the rookie Kenneth Farried is ready to become a fan favorite.  Nene will enter free-agency and certain to become a top priority for the novice front office.

Who else will want to be a Nugget this year?  Time will tell, you guys.  The month of December will be fascinating as players shuffle about the NBA.  Soon we'll know what the Nuggets are going to look like.

In the meantime, Nate Timmons of Denver Stiffs brings us THIS ARTICLE on free agency targets for Denver.

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