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Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:31 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 6:41 am
 
Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilarious will reportedly opt out and become a free agent. Posted by Ben Golliver. nene-hilario

The free agent class of 2011 isn't particularly strong. But it should be adding a fairly big name near the top.

The Denver Post reports that Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario will opt out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent.
Nene is set to officially become a free agent.

The Nuggets starting center will opt out of the final year of his contract worth about $12 million and, as a result, become an unrestricted free agent, a source said Wednesday night. It means Nene can sign with any team without the Nuggets getting a chance to match the offer when free agency begins after the expected NBA lockout, which should begin Friday.

Nene had until Thursday to make a final decision.
Nene becomes arguably the second most desireable free agent on the entire market, trailing only Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. His combination of size, athleticism, experience, proven production and age combine to make him a very attractive pick-up.  

The Nuggets, with Chris Andersen and Timofey Mozgov as their only big men currently under contract for next season, will be up a bit of a creek if they lose him to someone in free agency. 

Nene, 28, averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 75 games last season. Over the last three seasons, his production has been very consistent, as he's averaged roughly 14 points, more than 7.5 rebounds and at least a block per game.  He's showing no real signs of slippage -- indeed, he posted a careeer-high 61.5% field goal shooting this year -- and has missed just 12 combined games in the last three seasons.

His opt-out decision comes as a bit of a surprise, although he hinted that he would test free agency back in May. A few weeks ago, reports circulated that the Nuggets were close to an agreement, but nothing came to fruition. Their efforts to re-sign him will surely continue.

Here's a link to the 2011 NBA Free Agency tracker, where you can keep tabs on this year's entire crop.

Comments

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

He is an idiot for opting out. No one is gonna pay him more than what he would be making next season. No team will go to 10 million to get Nene. He isn't even the best available center.....Marc Gasol is!!



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

It's funny to read the national perspectve on Nene. Sure, he looks good from a distance - big, strong, athletic, weird hair. This guy should be a 20-10 player. But once you get past a few ESPN highlights and actually follow the team closely you soon realize he's soft and plays limited defense. He spends alot of his time looking for the call he didn't get while the rest of his team is running back on D. He's a solid player at times and a good guy though - doesn't get into trouble, a feel good story in his cancer recovery - just not the all-star calliber player he is portrayed as in this article.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Nene looking for a home after Free Agency beins

I think there a lot of teams that could use his services as one of the premire up and coming big men in the game.  Why not go to a team that is on the brink of a championship, young, talented up down the line up; but needs that "true" athletic center that has proven his abilities time again.  That team....Oklahoma City Thunder.  They took out the Nuggets, then the Grizzlies; but did not have the experience or matchups to handle Dallas.  Go there and win some championships!!!



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

I hope he's thinking about a move to the Knicks. Maybe take a slight pay cut and get that ring!



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

he pays like a warrior......i hear the warriors need a center?



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

Do they really call him Nene Hilarious? 

Now that's hilarious!!

He's coming to Golden State when the lockout is over. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:53 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

Sorry, I meant to say a small forward, not a shooting guard.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:52 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

I'm a Chitown fan and we could really use Nene and take over the East. DRose, Deng, Boozer, Noah, and Nene plus we've got some bench.


Also a Chicago fan, but I have no idea what you are talking about.  Offensively, maybe, but how would we defend, if we have a PG, a SG, a PF and 2 centers???  Wade will drop 50 on us!



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:11 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

funny you forget to mention amare stoudamire, hes a decent piece to that puzzle.  




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:03 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

Sixers could use him too. But they just drafted two big guys.


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