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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 9, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:32 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

He's a better fit in the WNBA.  The guy has about as much heart as the cowardly lion. 



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:16 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

"His combination of size, athleticism, experience, proven production and age combine to make him a very attractive pick-up."

Unless you're looking for any sort of defense, or toughness, or someone that can shoot outside of two feet from the basket. Then, not so attractive.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:12 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

Amare was in Denver?  I'm shocked.  i never knew that



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:07 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

Yeah I agree he should sign with the Knicks.  If Nene, Melo and Billups couldn't win it in Denver, they should be able to do it in New York, right?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:58 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

start spreading the news......



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:37 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

@Ben Goliver "Denver  center Nene Hilarious will reportedly opt out and become a free agent. Posted by Ben Golliver."

Nene's last name is Hilario, not Hilarious.   nene-hilario"<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: italic;">



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:37 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:36 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

@Urbansoldier, "a team alway's(sic) beats talent at least most of the time" ??? I'm Ron Burgundy? 60% of the time it works every time? When did the Knicks show themselves to be a team that beats talent? Not in the playoffs, that's for sure.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:13 am
 

Wolves? Laughing

Better off playing in Europe than T_wolves or playing football or soccer!



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:44 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

definitely Rockets.  perfect fit.  They will push hard to get him. 


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