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Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?

Posted on: May 3, 2011 6:19 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 6:29 pm
Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario says he is considering opting out of his contract. Posted by Ben Golliver. nene-hilario

It's time for Nene Hilario to get paid. 

The Nuggets big man has an option on the final year of his contract which is set to pay him $12 million. He's 28 years old, coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 14.5 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. What's more, he's been durable of late, missing just 12 games combined in the last three seasons. 

To no one's great surprise, The Denver Post reports that Nene is making noise about opting out of the final year of his contract.
While no final decision has been made, Nene said Monday he is strongly considering opting out of the final season of his six-year, $60 million contract, which would pay him $12 million, and testing the free-agent market. 
After nine seasons in the NBA, Nene has full control of his future and it could take hard work for the Nuggets to make him happy enough to return.
"I've been here for nine years," said Nene, 28. "If that doesn't work how you want it, you need to sit down and evaluate everything and see what you can do."
The most likely eventuality here is that the Nuggets and Nene eventually agree to a lucrative extension. Nene is a critical piece on a frontline that includes veterans Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen as well as the recently-acquired Timofey Mozgov. Nene is the linchpin and the Nuggets would be taking a major step backwards if they aren't able to retain him. reports: "Nuggets and Nene are not close to an agreement on an extension, sources say. Haven't discussed terms in weeks. Nene is inclined to stay in Denver. But there will be a robust market for 28-year old center. Houston, Portland possibilities." It's worth noting that Portland is capped out so that would have to be an extend-and-trade scenario.

The Nuggets are behind the eight ball here and will be forced to pay up. But if Nene is determined to get maximum money there will be multiple teams with cap space this summer and talented, proven big men are always in high demand. In other words: ca-ching.

Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 3:47 pm

Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?

Nene is good but he is not great. This guy missed alot of easy shots and sometimes missed some dunks. Someone his size shouldn't miss dunks. Even though he is better than most of the centers i dont think he should get paid the max. Denver should try to keep him though but if the price isn't right he can be replaced by Timofey Mozgov who is much younger and played pretty good, when he got a chance until he got hurt.

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:04 pm

Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?

thats bull! NENE is the best big man for the nuggets and arguably one of the best in the league! Chris Anderson averages what??? like .25 points per game with a block? He is out of shape, old, and not near the basketball player NENE is, if the nuggets lose NENE we are screwed and i wouldnt be surprised if our franchise goes down the drain! We might need 100 chris andersons to amount up to what NENE has done for this team. We need him more than anyone right now because Kenyon isnt big enough to have as big of an impact as NENE. I say pay him what he wants, no one will play better for us than him! We had a big salary cut when we lost melo and now we can afford to give OUR NEW BEST PLAYER as much money as he wants!

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 5:10 am

Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?

Big-man, really? Camby did much more for the Nuggets all those years while Nene was hurt. Don't pay him. Let him go the way of Melo too. If this was his best year, which it probably was, there's not much to look forward to. He's the wrong side of 27. It's all downhill from here.

Nene is not a feature center. Give me a hundred Chris Anderson (or old school Kurt Rambis) types before I need to pay Nene. Go away already, Nene. You're not needed.

Since: Mar 27, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:08 pm

Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?

This is a big chance for Nene to move to a better team then the Nuggets.
From a Knicks fan...I guess in New York "better" means the way you perceive yourself rather than how many wins you have

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:15 am

Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?

He would be a great fit in New York and he is exactley what the Knicks are missing, someone big inside to give Amre a break and let him play his game.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 2:11 am

Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?

Nene may not worth a max salary contract but he is not far from it and if he chooses a team that has all the players lined up for him he can be a big draw!  At the age of 28 he in his prime and has not had any major injuries which makes him even more attractive.  As a Knicks fan I wanted him then when we had to draft and trade him then and I would like to see him in a Knicks uni now.  He is not the kind of player you build a team around or pay him a max contract but he is the missing piece for many teams that are a player away from making a deep run into the playoffs or be that player that can help an aging team make one more run at a championship with his offensive and defensive skills.  Teams that can use Nene would be the Spurs, Knicks, Magic, Lakers(yes the Lakers), Heat, Hornets, Boston(get a little younger), and with a few trades he would fit in great with the Bulls! Overall there are many team who could use Nene's services and would be willing to pay but the bonus for Nene is that these teams seam to all be in the playoff race of they future and he wouldn't have to sign for the big bucks on a terrible team.  This is a big chance for Nene to move to a better team then the Nuggets.

Since: Mar 27, 2011
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:55 pm

Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?


Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: May 3, 2011 7:47 pm

Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?

He's not worth max money.  Please, 14.5 points and 7.5 boards a game?  How about giving back some of the money he didn't earn in the first three years of the contract?  These athletes kill me - sign a big contract, slough off for the first few years, play like gangbusters the last year or two and everybody all of a sudden has short-term memory and talk lucrative extension.  It wasn't that long ago that most NBA 'experts' considered the 6-year, $60 million contract he once signed as a major mistake

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2011 7:27 pm

Nuggets big man Nene to opt out?

Perfect addition for the Rockets.  Go get him Morey.

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