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Nuggets not willing to let Vandeweghe go

The Cleveland Cavaliers search for a coach and general manager has yet to hit paydirt.

Despite reports that Chuck Daly and Kiki Vandeweghe are leading candidates, they appear unlikely to fill those roles.

Sources close to the team said the Cavs ownership offered Daly a high-ranking job, but he turned the offer down more than a month ago, the Akron Beacon Journal reported in Wednesday's editions.

What's more, the team has not been given permission to talk to Vandeweghe about the GM opening, Cleveland and Denver newspapers reported Wednesday.

Vandeweghe, the Nuggets general manager, acknowledged a phone call from Cleveland but said it had nothing to do with him leaving Denver.

He said the Cavaliers asked for permission to speak with Denver assistant general manager Jeff Weltman.

Cleveland fired president and general manager Jim Paxson after the the regular season. Coach Paul Silas was fired in March, and the team finished 8-10 in its final 18 games, missing the playoffs.

Vandeweghe denied the reports late Tuesday and said he is currently in negotiations with Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke about a new contract. Vandeweghe, who has one year left on his current five-year deal, declined to discuss specifics.

Vandeweghe's agent, Warren LeGarie, told The Denver Post that Cleveland attempted to get permission to speak with his client but Kroenke said no. Kroenke Sports Enterprises senior vice president
Paul Andrews said he spoke to the owner Tuesday.

"Stan Kroenke noted that Kiki Vandeweghe is under contract,"
said Andrews, who did not immediately return a call Wednesday.

Cavaliers vice president of communications Tad Carper declined
comment.

"We are continuing the process of exploring highly successful
candidates for our GM and head coach openings and are very
encouraged from the dialogue we have had thus far," Carper said.

Vandeweghe was hired in 2001 after serving as the Dallas
Mavericks' director of player development. The former Nugget has
drafted Carmelo Anthony, traded for Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin and
Nene, and signed free agents Andre Miller and Earl Boykins.

He also acquired veterans Eduardo Najera and Wesley Person last
season, the second in a row the team made the playoffs after
missing out for nine consecutive years.

LeGarie said he was hopeful Vandeweghe would be able to speak
with other teams if his contract situation is not resolved soon.

"It takes two to dance," he told the Rocky Mountain News.
"[Vandeweghe] feels that it's certainly the right time [for a
contract extension]."