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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: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:11 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

The NBA salary cap is a bout they have a set cap and not have all of these stupid exceptions. Just sayinnnnn

Since: Dec 3, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:49 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Wow the nuggets luck out and can Start some of there young russian big men, Nene ppl do not realize how overrated this guy is he looks the part but soft maybe plays 1 out of 5 games. I would like to see him end up in miami i firmly believe you cant win a title with him at center. LOL

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:36 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

I agree with you and can't figure out why people are making him out to be a franchise type of player. He's a solid player, but solid players shouldn't get max contracts and whoever signs him will end up regretting it.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:13 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Am I missing something here? Why all the fuss over a guy who averaged 14.5ppg, 7.6 rpg and doesnt play much D? Desperate for a free agency story I guess.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:07 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Nene's good, but he's not worth a max contract

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:50 am

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Mischanova you owe me a keyboard as I spit my drink out laughing when I read this post. Cool

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 4:37 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

I agree Beaver 56 .... I also deem it absolutely necessary to make at least one daily post ripping on the NBA .... each .... and .... every .... day

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:23 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Amoral - Although I agree with most of what you write about Nene, I would beg to differ with the assertion that he shows up for the first 2-3 quarters.  More like the first quarter for sure, the second quarter maybe, and the second half rarely.  He has all the physical tools, just seems to lack the full-time desire and intensity needed to be a franchise-type asset.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:50 am

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

Wait, basketball is back?  I still don't care

Wait, you still don't care?  And yet you keep reading and posting about it

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:06 pm

Nene wants out; six teams in hunt

The problem with Nene is not Nene. It's with the expectations of others. Nene is an average to above average player. He has shown that he can put up great numbers, just not for an extended period. He also has a habit of disappearing for games at a time. If the Nuggets can get something descent for him, then trade him. It's hard enough to play NBA basketball when all your players WANT to play for you. Let alone trying to coax players to do their best when they don't really want to be there. The best thing that Denver could do , would be to try and get draft choices. You aren't going to be contenders for a while, so if you go young, the fans will at least be able to understand why.

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