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Nuggets “optimistic” about Nene extension

Jun 8, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT


According to Chris Thomasson, the Nuggets are “deep into discussions” with Nene’s agent, Dan Fegan, and are “optimistic” that they will be able to get an extension done by June 30th.

Nene is owed 11.8 million dollars by the Nuggets next season, but can opt out of that contract if he so chooses, and would have multiple suitors. Nene also has the option to sign an extension through the 2014-15 season, which the Nuggets would clearly prefer.

Nene has quietly become one of the league’s best offensive centers and most underrated players. He scored 14.5 points last season with an astronomical True Shooting percentage of 65.7%, which is a nearly unheard of combination of scoring volume and efficiency. And considering how well the Nuggets played defense after they traded away Carmelo Anthony, Nene can clearly hold his own on both ends of the floor.

Nene is a great player who the Nuggets should absolutely be going all-out in trying to keep, and it appears as though they are doing exactly that.


  1. denverhoopdreams - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    This is something I am glad to hear. Rebuild my ass, we just need to add some pieces.

  2. readysethike - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    i would like to see him playing in Boston, they could definately use him, and i think he would be a great fit

    • bahston - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:36 AM

      I thought exactly the same thing. However, they don’t have the money to sign him. According the Globe (and other outlets), they’re already over the cap at $58.5 for 1-6. When, not if, there’s a new CBA it’s even less likely that Boston (or anybody) will be able to match what Denver is allowed to pay him. Ironically, it was Red Auerbach that convinced the league to institute the rule that created this situation with “The Larry Bird Rule”.

      I heard Jermaine O’Neal was an extra on Pirates 4, maybe me found the “Fountain of Youth”.

  3. randysavage4ever - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    ya’ll couldnt get a better picture then Nene looking like the joker?

  4. purdueman - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    Look at the picture attached to the article… it just screams Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine… “What? Me Worry?” LOL!!!

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      This is the same picture we used for the lineup pictures before tip off on Altitude Sports.

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