Report: George Karl to return to Nuggets regardless of trade


Would you think that George Karl, who will turn 60 next season after 22 years of NBA coaching, might not want to take on a rebuilding project.

But apparently he does, telling the team he would stay even if they gut the team as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade, according to Chris Tomasson at FanHouse.

With it becoming apparent the Nuggets most likely will be entering a rebuilding mode, sources said Tuesday the team is committed to bringing George Karl back as coach next season and Karl is committed to staying.

The Nuggets and Karl, whose contract expires at the end of the season, have been working on an extension, most likely a deal for three years, since early December. The sides have agreed that the future makeup of the team will not be an issue, and that a deal will get done.

Next year will be shift in the organization, as Karl will go from trying to hone a team for a run deep in the playoffs to teaching young players — very possibly Derrick Favors — how to win at the NBA level.

But Karl has seemed to have a renewed joy of the game and coaching this season, after returning from throat cancer last year. For people who love to coach it’s about the teaching, and he will get to do a lot more of that. Although, the losing that will come with it will weigh on him.