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Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 2:01 pm
One of the surest bets of the soon-to-begin 2011 NBA free-agent period is that Nene wants out of Denver. Where he winds up, and how, will be among the most intriguing storylines when the floodgates open around Dec. 9.

The Nuggets are operating under the firm belief that Nene will test the market as an unrestricted free agent, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking. Six teams have registered interest, the source said: Golden State, New Jersey, Indiana, Miami, Dallas and Houston.

Nene, the top unrestricted free agent on the market in the view of many team executives, will have a say over where he winds up -- though not as much as free agents did under the previous system since free agents can no longer get max deals when leaving their teams via sign-and-trades.

Nene, 29, has long coveted Miami and Dallas as landing spots, but would have to force his way to one of those teams via a sign-and-trade since both are well over the cap. And whereas LeBron James was able to get a max deal through a sign-and-trade when he went from Cleveland to Miami, Nene would have to settle for a four-year deal with 4.5 percent raises under the new system in such an arrangement.

If the Golden State used the amnesty provision on Andris Biedrins, the Warriors would have enough room to sign Nene outright for close to the max -- but again, that would be a four-year deal with non-Bird raises as opposed to the five-year deal with 7.5 percent raises he'd get by re-signing with Denver. There's no incentive under the new rules for Nene to push for a sign-and-trade as opposed to an outright signing with another team, unless there was a clear preference for a team that didn't have room to sign him.

There is incentive, however, for the Nuggets to accommodate his wishes in the hopes of getting significant assets back through a sign-and-trade. For the Nuggets, the most advantageous scenario would be if Nene wanted to be in Miami, Dallas or Houston enough to be willing to accept less money to get there. 

UPDATE: The Nets would have room sign Nene to a max deal starting at 30 percent of the cap -- $17.4 million -- if they used amnesty on Travis Outlaw. The Pacers have enough room regardless, while the Rockets are close. They would either do a sign-and-trade or trade a player to create cap space or a trade exception. A source indicated the Rockets have no plans to use the amnesty clause on Terrence Williams.


Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:01 am

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

I keep reading these experts talk about Nene and him being the second best center in the NBA behind Howard.  THis talk is completely assinine as Nene is an interesting player but not nearly a star.  He's a solid role player but he's a lazy defender and very soft around the basket.  Gasol just destroys Nene.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:10 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

I stopped liking the guy when he dropped his last name. I just call him Cher or Madonna. Now that is Hilario...I mean hilarious.

Since: Dec 27, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:56 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Is there still an NBA? I thought through greed and stupidity they had killed it. Oh no, I guess that was just my wishful thinking.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:35 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Nene is another Issiah Thomas good draft pic the Knicks had to give up because of Thomas's horrible trades he made while Knicks Gm. He is definetly not a superstar deserving of a max deal but is a realy good player to add to a team with superstars as part of building a great bench team to support super stars.  He would be a good fit in Miami if they could package Bosh in the deal and Nene takes less money so the Heat could afford more bench players they are in need of. This wont happen unfortunatly since Nene does consider himself a superstar and will chase the money and go to a team that has no chance of winning the NBA Championship.  In all sports its a shame to many players chase the money instead of wanting to win it all!

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:51 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

The Nuggets paid Nene the following over the last five years:

2006: $8 million
2007: $8.84 million
2008: $9.68 million
2009: $10.52 million
2010: $11.36 million 

He blew out a knee, injured a thumb and had testicular cancer.  He missed a ton of time and refused to go up with two hands, so that he was often a turnover machine.  He was often explosive and brought great energy to the floor, but he was overpaid and unless he really continues to develop as a player he will be hugely overpaid again with a max contract.  It's fine if Nene wants out of Denver, but he was never treated badly here.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:20 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

When will Nene's TV special announcing The Decision be aired on QVC?

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:14 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Nene is overrated and securing a max contrcat, would be overpaid. He can help some teams be better, but at about $7-$9 million. Anymore wouldn't make sense.

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:56 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt


Glad to see these guys have learned their lesson through the lockout. 

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:13 pm

Haven't teams learned....

So were back to sinking mega dollars into single players and struggle later to add talent are we?

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:02 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Seriously, is Nene a max player? I would think max would be reserved for Kobe, Howard, D Wade, D Will, Paul and the other tier 1 players in the league. Nene is good and deserves a fat contract but all I can say is "here we go again." Teams willing to over pay for a player because he is the best of a weak class of free agents. Soon teams will be crying about their losses and complaining about players being over paid; again.

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