NBA Free Agency 2011: Denver Nuggets Reportedly Re-sign Arron Afflalo To Five-Year Contract

The Denver Nuggets and Arron Afflalo have agreed to terms, according to a report.

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Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets Agree To Five-Year Deal Worth Over $43 Million, According To Report

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Denver Nuggets and shooting guard Aaron Afflalo have agreed to terms:

Just going up on ESPN online: Sources say Nuggets and restricted free agent Arron Afflalo agree to five-year deal in excess of $43 million

The Denver Nuggets were able to retain forward Nene Hilario when it looked like he might be headed elsewhere, and now they've taken care of some of their uncertainty in the backcourt by re-signing Afflalo.

Afflalo started 69 games for the Nuggets and averaged a career-best 12.8 points per game. He's matured into a deadly three-point shooter in Denver, where he has shot at least 42% from beyond the arc in each of the last two seasons.

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Nene, Denver Nuggets Agree To Five-Year, $67 Million Deal, According To Reports

The Denver Nuggets and free agent center Nene have reached an agreement on a five-year, $67 million deal to keep center in the Mile High City, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. After waiting months for a resolution to this situation, it appears the Nuggets have received an early Christmas present with this deal.

Nene was acquired by the Nuggets during the 2002 NBA Draft when the New York Knicks drafted him with the seventh overall pick and then traded him with Marcus Camby to the Nuggets for Antonio McDyess and others. Over nine seasons, the now 29-year-old big man has averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

The Nuggets need Nene's veteran leadership more than ever as the team will certainly have a younger feel to it than in years past.

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Rudy Fernandez, Corey Brewer Head To Denver Nuggets, 2nd Round Pick Goes To Dallas Mavericks, According To Report

The Denver Nuggets have acquired Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer from the Dallas Mavericks for a future second round selection, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. If we break this down, the Nuggets basically wound up with two players that had been involved in trades with the Nuggets during the 2010-11 season.

Fernandez was involved in the three-team deal between the Nuggets, the Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers sent Fernandez to the Mavericks to acquire rookie Jordan Hamilton, who was then sent to the Nuggets to complete the deal. Now Fernandez gets to be teammates with Hamilton and Andre Miller, who also went from Portland to Denver.

Brewer was involved in the Carmelo Anthony trade when the Minnesota Timberwolves sent him to the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived him a few days later and he signed with the Mavericks a few days later.

Brewer is set to make slightly over $3 million this season while Fernandez makes close to $2.2 million. The Mavericks get salary relief this year and next, though Fernandez has a player option for next year.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: New Jersey Nets Nearing Agreement With Nene

Free agent center Nene may be nearing a deal with the New Jersey Nets, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

SOURCE: Nets are closing in on Nene after upping the offer last night. Went hard after the center after Chandler went to the Knicks 30 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto


Nene is one of the top free agents of the top free agents in the abbreviated 2011 offseason. The 29-year-old 9-year veteran led the league in field goal percentage in the 2010-2011 season, shooting .615 while averaging 14.5 points per game and 17.1 points per 36 minutes.

Through the first nine years of his NBA career, Nene has played exclusively with the Denver Nuggets. The Brazil native is a free agent for the first time. In the 2010-2011 season, Nene earned $11.4 million will the Nuggets.

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2011 NBA Free Agency: 5 Teams In Pursuit Of Nene Hilario

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the market for free agent center Nene Hilario is as hot as ever:

Nene is still wide open, with Denver, Indiana, Houston, Golden State and New Jersey in hot pursuit, league sources say. 27 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto


Nene, who has played 527 games with the Nuggets since 2002, finished the 2010-2011 season averageine 7.6 rebounds per game and a career-high 14.6 points per game.

With the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets all chasing Nene alongside the Nuggets, the chances that the Nuggets can re-sign the 6'11" center seem limited. However, word surfaced on Wednesday that the Nuggets may still have an inside track to get their center in a Nuggets uni again because they can offer a fiver-year contract.

Wojnarowski also reported that apparently the market for three-year pro DeAndre Jordan has whittled down to four teams -- the Nuggets, Warriors, Rockets and New Orleans Hornets. Jordan has played all three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 7.2 rebounds per game and 7.1 points per game in 2011.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Denver Nuggets Are In 'Prime Position' To Re-sign Nene, According To Report

Might the Denver Nuggets be in a good position to re-sign free agent forward/center Nene, after all? Because the Nuggets can offer Nene a five-year contract, the only team able to do so, this has put the team in a 'prime position' to keep the big man, according to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick.

Amick breaks down the particulars of the contract the Nuggets can offer to Nene compared to other teams:

[The Nuggets are the only team able to give Nene a five-year deal with 7.5 percent raises while the rest of the league could only offer four-year deals with 4.5 percent raises [...] that would mean approximately $102.8 million in Denver as opposed to the four-year, $75.7 million deal he'd sign elsewhere.

However, Nene has repeatedly said since the early part of the summer that money is not the deciding factor in where he will sign. However, it is known that he really does love the city of Denver and his family would have some misgivings about leaving.

There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Nuggets and Nene may want an earlier chance at winning an NBA title. The Nuggets aren't quite at that level yet.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler Stuck In China

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, several NBA players are having a tough time leaving their contracts with the Chinese Basketball Association. Wojnarowski reports that Denver Nuggets free agents J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler are both attempting to return to the suddenly resuscitated NBA, but are facing potentially steep costs in doing so:

The players would have to return all the salary they’ve made, plus agent fees and an additional $1 million to satisfy owners – but that still won’t assure them they could play in the NBA.

As a member of FIBA, the government-run Chinese Basketball Association would still control the players’ letters of clearance, and sources in China insist the league has no interest in allowing the NBA players to leave before season’s end.

Smith and Chandler both went to China's top league during a particularly dark time during the collective bargaining agreement negotiations this off-season, so it appeared unlikely they would suffer from the Chinese league's harsh rules on changing teams.

Now, the players appear stuck unless they are willing to hurt themselves financially and damage even their current Chinese teams:

The Chinese teams could still face the forfeiture of games if the players they’ve released re-sign in the NBA before the end of the season.

The Chinese Basketball Association league's season ends in late March of 2012.

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