Nene Will Enter NBA Free Agency 2011 As A Top Target

Nene will leave behind roughly $12 million and look for a richer deal in free agency--after a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

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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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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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