In some people’s eyes, center Nene Hilario was the big prize of free agency. The 6’11”, 26o lb center was said to be on the radar for a number of teams. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Denver Nuggets were able to retain their big man for the price tag of a five year, $67 million deal.
Nene was rumored to be highly pursued by the Nets and Heat, among others. Re-signing Nene gives the Nuggets a centerpiece and keeps some semblance of their surprise playoff roster from last season together, with key contributors J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler and Kenyon Martin stuck in China for the time being.
Last season, Nene averaged 14.5 ppg and 7.6 rpg while leading the NBA in field goal percentage (.615). Retaining Nene adds to a busy Tuesday for the Nuggets in which the franchise was also able to acquire guard Rudy Fernandez and G/F Corey Brewer from the Mavericks for a 2016 2nd round draft pick.
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