Updated: October 12, 2010, 9:46 AM ET

2010-11 Preview: Denver Nuggets

By John Hollinger
ESPN.com

Every season, we have a couple of "crossroads" teams, ones that seem set to make or break their futures with key decisions in the coming months. The Nuggets are perhaps the most salient example in 2010-11.

Denver reached the conference finals in 2009 and seemed primed for a return trip in 2010 before falling apart down the stretch. A knee injury to Kenyon Martin and coach George Karl's departure for cancer treatments left the Nuggets short one big man and a great deal of wisdom, and Denver lacked a capable replacement for either.

With their hands tied by a luxury-tax roster in a small market, the Nuggets haven't been able to make dramatic moves to push themselves over the top and remain hamstrung -- this season's team is $13 million over the tax line at present.

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