Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Satterfield traded to Nuggets

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Denver Nuggets traded Tuesday for former University of Cincinnati point guard Kenny Satterfield, sending either a future second-round draft pick or future considerations to the Dallas Mavericks, who selected Satterfield with the 54th pick in the NBA draft in June.

        Nick Van Exel, another ex-former Bearcat, is the Nuggets' starting point guard. Denver also signed veteran free agent Avery Johnson in the offseason and acquired the rights to St.John's point guard Omar Cook, whom Orlando selected with the No.32 draft pick.

        “There's not too many guys here, and I'll be with a former Bearcat. I know he'll help me,” Satterfield said. “It didn't matter to me, but I think this is a better situation. I think it's the best thing. My chances are fine wherever I go; I'm not worried about that.”

        NBA training camps begin next Tuesday. Among the guards Dallas had competing for roster spots: Steve Nash, Tim Hardaway, Muggsy Bogues and Khalid El-Amin.

        “They've got a stockpile of point guards on Dallas,” said Jeff Hilford, who works with Satterfield's agent, Dan Fegan. “Personally, I think Kenny would win that third point guard position, but it's not a place where he's really going to have a chance to do much developing this year.” Dallas is a deep team.

        “(Denver general manager) Kiki Vandeweghe is a guy who has a pretty good knowledge of Kenny. I think he's got a feel for what kind of player he is. Maybe he'd be a better fit and have a better chance to get some playing time and develop more. We think he makes an NBA roster.”

        Vandeweghe helped prepare some of Fegan's clients in Los Angeles for the NBA draft.

        The 6-foot-2 Satterfield, who left UC after two years, played in all 10 summer league games for Dallas, averaging 15.2 points, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals while shoot ing 45.3 percent from the field.

        “Kenny has tremendous upside and has some very intriguing skills,” Denver general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said.


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