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Nuggets re-sign Nene Hilario 5 years, $67 million

Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 10:17 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernene-hilario

After talking a big game about walking out of town, free agent center Nene Hilario has reportedly chosen to stay with the Denver Nuggets.

ESPN.com reports that Nene has inked a 5-year, $67 million extension with the Nuggets, who desperately needed to retain him. The New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets were among his most aggressive pursuers after he opted out of the final year of his previous contract to test the free agency waters last summer.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms the signing, noting that "Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri met Monday night with Nene and representatives, one of three or four meetings the team had with its UFA to close deal."

Nene was ranked as the No. 1 overall free agent in the CBSSports.com's Eye On Basketball top-40 rankings in June. His contract surpasses the 4-years, $55 million given by the Memphis Grizzlies to re-sign restricted free agent center Marc Gasol4-years, $58 million given to Tyson Chandler by the New York Knicks. Gasol was ranked No. 2 in the top-40; Chandler was ranked No. 4.

Retaining Nene ensures that Denver has a fighting chance, as his departure would have created a hole that couldn't have immediately been filled just months after the Nuggets lost multiple free agents to no opt-out deals in China.
 
Nene, 29, is a 9-year NBA veteran who has spent his entire career with Denver. He posted averages of 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 75 games last season, shooting an NBA-best 61.5 percent from the field.
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hoobasking
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:50 pm
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Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:06 am
 

Nuggets re-sign Nene Hilario 5 years, $67 million

Suffering through a lockout so that some teams and continue to to overpay for talent? Just let the guy walk. Guess he'll have the amnesty (bailout) clause used on him in about 2-3 years. Stupid ownership won't change.




Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Nuggets re-sign Nene Hilario 5 years, $67 million

CBS = FAIL.. 

Why do you post the same article about the same topic twice?

 Seeing that you did, I will copy and paste my comment from the other article located here : 

 I am surprised he went back to Denver. Forgot who the member was, but he was a Denver fan and told me up and down Nene was going to re-sign with the Nuggets. I said no a 100 different ways. I was wrong I guess. Sorry dude. lol. Denver is going to have a pretty good roster. Better than the Anthony years, especially if they can re-sign Afflalo.




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Nuggets re-sign Nene Hilario 5 years, $67 million

Overpaying continues.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Nuggets re-sign Nene Hilario 5 years, $67 million

That's more than I think he's worth, but it's a predictable deal given the current market.  Nuggets fans can only hope that he'll develop some more moxie, which strikes me as his biggest failing.  He needs to demand the ball more at the offensive end where he has the quickness to dominate a lot of other PFs.  And, he needs to focus more on rebounding as well, to justify this contract. 


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