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Despite contract, Bzdelik's job still in jeopardy

Updated: April 15, 2004, 2:00 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Making the playoffs might not salvage Carmelo Anthony's Rookie of the Year campaign, or save coach Jeff Bzdelik's job ... but it has ensured a full salary for Bzdelik next season whether or not the Denver Nuggets elect to retain him after the playoffs.

ESPN.com has learned that a clause in Bzdelik's contract was triggered as soon as Denver qualified for the playoffs, making his $1.5 million option year in 2004-05 fully guaranteed. The Nuggets secured the eighth spot in the West with a 97-89 ...

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