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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: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

Nene is good enough to demand top dollar and he will probably get it, but he is not good enough to be worth it. He is arguably the best player available in free agency aside from Gasol and I highly doubt Memphis will let Gasol go since he is a restricted FA. Some team will spend a ton of money on him and then 2-3 years into the contract be trying to trade him giving up first round picks just to get rid of his contract.



Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

I really hope the Nuggets don't do something stupid and give him a max contract....
Did you not even read the title of this article. They opted out!!! Which means he's a FA, so they're obviously not going to resign him to a "max" deal. Where is your head?


Maybe you didn't read the article because the first line is that he, Nene, opted out not the team. If the team wanted to keep hiim, why would they opt out.



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

I really hope the Nuggets don't do something stupid and give him a max contract....
Did you not even read the title of this article. They opted out!!! Which means he's a FA, so they're obviously not going to resign him to a "max" deal. Where is your head?





Since: Dec 12, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 2:03 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

.....If the owners are crying poverty then how the hell do they sign this or any other player ????

If he had a smart agent then he or she would be working on getting some european teams in the mix for his services....might make alot of other free agents do the same thing and use those clubs as leverage.....

Thought all these teams are losing money Stern????

Spin!!!!!!



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 2:00 am
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

Great example of why the NBA model must be fixed.

If the salary cap is 58 million dollars  - Nene opted out of a contract that is worth 22% of the cap space. Is he worth ¼ of your team’s entire payroll?

Who would take on that kind of debt?

A great rule for all – a hard cap. Rich owners in big market areas and players just groaned.

Agents would all start calling their attorneys. Agents are the ones that would (and should) really lose. How many of us need to give someone several % of our income for every year we work? Hard cap would be... we have this much – want to play?

Teams are reduced to a mandatory 10-person team – 15-player max.

More groans.

 

Want more money? Play with less people. But it’s a long season – play more earn more.

How many teams used player 9-15? Some games... would be tough... like we all go through in our daily work.....

Roster and salary cap is set before the regular season. Any players brought in after can be signed to 30-day contracts for say... 25K per 30 days... Not Mike Bibby wages... decent pay in our world. If you can make more doing something else... do it. A job is a privilege not a sentence.

 

January 15 all are converted to full contracts and paid 200,000 and locked for 6 months. Tradable – but new team must pay double the remaining salary and deduct it from their cap. Their discretion – in a 5-year period.

 

New contracts are limited to 3 years of guarantee salary. You may sign with your existing team for an additional 2-years guarantee (5 year total) – but the contract must be signed before the start of your final year. Protects the fans and owners (the largest percentage of this group). How many times did we hear how hard this was on Lebron, Anthony, Paul..... what about the fan? You’ll be a multi millionaire no matter what... boo hoo.

 

Penalizes the teams that have poor management  - but doesn’t cripple them.

 

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Next step and the area no one talks about... Play-off revenue split

 

Make the cap based on the regular season.

Every team must turn a profit or they go away

More employees (teams) means better job security

 

The cap would be lower. Great amounts can be earned by producing.

 

Many of the teams that made money probably would not have made a cent without the additional games.

 

 

Costs plus... are paid to each play-off team per game.

 

2% to league office

2% to union office

6% to administer or hold in trust

 

40% - Players Union disperses. Equal amount to all? Like a good socialist and no competitive union would do... or would the players have the balls to say ... you earned it take a larger share or all of it... doubt it ....

 

 

Must remember their pay would be approx. 40% less without the playoffs – money time...... They would have to produce to earn.

 

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Owners – equal split among all. Must require equal spending requirements to make all teams competitive. Would weed out the stupid really quick......

 

Want to add one more....

Player advertising contracts should be split amongst all players. We are one unit and you are only there because of all of us

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Should also be added into the owners split –just like TV revenue...

Hmmmmm???

 

 

 

 

 




Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

I really hope the Nuggets don't do something stupid and give him a max contract....



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

Sure, I am a nugs fan and wouldnt mind Nene in a Nugs uniform again but for what price?  He really isnt that good.



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

sixerlover, I'm for one want Nene back.  I can't speak for all Nuggets fans, but I would say the vast majority want him back next year.  No question.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

On your way to New York like everyone says, how about stopping by Philly and checking us out. We would love to have your inside presence in a minute if the Nugget fans don't. We'll pick you up in a New York minute and put another hurt on the Knickerbockers again. Oh, that's right, they already have James Dolan.  




Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Report: Nene to opt out, become free agent

NO NO NENE!! HURAY HURRAY!!

WHAT A FRIGGIN LOSER WHO CAN'T FINISH TO THE HOLE - ONE HAPPY NUG FAN HERE!!!



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