Kleiza ditches Denver; Heads to Greece

By: AP/11 Sports
By: AP/11 Sports

Restricted free agent forward Linas Kleiza of the Denver Nuggets is taking his game to Europe.

Nuggets executive Mark Warkentien says Kleiza has chosen to play for Olympiakos, agreeing to a two-year deal worth more than $12 million.

Warkentien said Kleiza's agent, Bill Duffy, informed him of the signing Monday. Duffy was flying back from Europe and unavailable for comment.

Kleiza was extended a qualifying offer by the Nuggets in June, making the backup player a restricted free agent and guaranteeing him a $2.7 million salary this season.

The Nuggets retain Kleiza's NBA rights.

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