Blog Entry

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: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:43 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

I like how the Heat are suddenly in the discussion for every top free agent on the market. They can't afford to sign Nene outright and in a sign and trade, who are they going to send to Denver? They barely have enough bodies to fill their roster and the guys that they have to trade and their draft picks are not attractive to teams attempting to rebuild. They would almost have to package Bosh in any form of a sign and trade to make it work, which makes the Heat exactly the same as before with three excellent players and a whole host of scrubs.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:48 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Go to Indiana! My Pacers need you so much. Bring friends too!

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:59 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Those qualifications are for fifth year players. 

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:42 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Does Nene QUALIFY for 30% of the cap?  Or just the 25% number?  They added some qualifications (All-NBA, All Star) and I just don't know off hand if he's fulfilled those.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or