As Andre Iguodala jogged back up the court, he exchanged a hand slap and a wry smile with Nugget point guard Ty Lawson.

If the non-verbal exchange were translated for closed-captioning, it might have read: “This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.”

High-flying big men Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee were the most common recipients of lob passes from Lawson and veteran point guard Andre Miller last season, but the 6-foot-6 Iguodala figures to be a prominent member of the club in 2012-13.

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DENVER, Oct. 1, 2012 – The Denver Nuggets will open training camp with 17 players after signing G Anthony Carter and G Ben Uzoh, Nuggets Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

Carter, 6-1, 190, is a 13-year NBA veteran who previously spent four-plus years with Denver from 2006-11. He has appeared in 218 games for the Nuggets, averaging 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

Nuggets Coach George Karl

Opening statement
We’re ready to go. The team has had an incredible summer. Masai and Josh have done a fantastic job of taking everything from last year and making it better. They've given us almost everything we want. The talent, we’re stacked all over the place and camp is going to be fantastically competitive. Everybody has had a pretty positive summer, to the point of it being special. Now we need to come together and see what we can be.

As it would for any coach, the memory of a Game 7 loss in the Western Conference playoffs lingered for George Karl.

On his 61st birthday, the Denver Nuggets were in position to pull off one of the greatest postseason comebacks of all time, leading the Los Angeles Lakers by four points with 10:44 to play.

The Lakers eventually rallied to avoid an upset at the hands of the sixth-seeded Nuggets, who fell just a few minutes short of becoming the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.