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  1. Greivis Vasquez says Marc Gasol will be best center in NBA

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    Marc Gasol was a much-derided throw-in as part of the trade that sent Pau Gasol to the Lakers. He hadn’t set foot in the NBA and those who saw him in Spain thought he would make a solid NBA player, but nothing special Now, he’s one of the league’s better big men, a much-coveted restricted…

  2. Top five unrestricted free agents… where will they go?

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Free agency is not going to be as much fun this time around. Whenever the owners and players get around to settling the lockout the free agency period will be condensed and hectic. Not that I really miss the drama of Lebron dragging out his decision, but it’s fun to watch things break over a…

  3. When free agency happens, Nets to focus on Humphries

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    Someday, eventually, we will talk basketball and free agency again instead of percentage of BRI. When that day comes, the Nets will need to secure a power forward (they traded Derrick Favors to get Deron Williams last season). They also need a three because Travis Outlaw is not the answer, no matter what his father…

  4. Nene makes it official, he will be a free agent

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Nene

    This has been expected for a long time, and it doesn’t mean he’s leaving Denver, but it is official now: Brazilian center Nene is opting out of the last year of his deal the Denver Post reports and will test out the free agent market. Whenever the doors to that market open after the lockout.…

  5. Nene will not play for Brazil this summer, sign of free agency

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    This summer, from Argentina to Lithuania, international basketball tournaments will be taking place with berths in the 2012 London Olympics at stake. But NBA contracts and the lockout will play a role. For example, soon to be free agent Nene will not be playing for Brazil this summer, according to the Associated Press. The Brazilian…

  6. Nuggets “optimistic” about Nene extension

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Nene

    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…

  7. Add Golden State to the list of teams that covet Nene

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Whatever the new Collective Bargaining Agreement looks like, whatever the new pay structure is going to look like, Nene is going to get paid. He is the best big man on the market. It doesn’t take a genius to look at Dallas and see what a big man who can defend and rebound can do…

  8. George Karl feels pretty good about the odds of Nene returning

    May 29, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Nene

    The Denver Nuggets have a lot of offseason work to do. They have a lot of expiring contracts at key positions, they have positional logjams to sort out in advance of future draft picks they acquired in the Melo trade, and have to figure out what their identity going forward is. Top of that list,…

  9. Nene likely to opt out of deal with Nuggets, test market

    May 3, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Whenever the NBA gets around to having a free agent signing period after the lockout — an intense, condensed free agent signing period — Nene might make a lot of money. He might be the biggest name on the board. That is, if he opts out of the $11.6 million he would get next year.…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Doom, thy name is Thunder

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Well, that was fun while it lasted. It was nice to think Thunder-Nuggets was going to be an all-out clash of the titans. With thunder and lightning and demons and sorcery and the whole shebang. Instead, we get the Thunder, out-executing the Nuggets when it matters and where it matters in every game and a team…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Thunder nearly blow lead vs. Nuggets, take 3-0 lead, or did they?

    Apr 24, 2011, 1:52 AM EDT

    hardenfoul2

    So this should go over well in Denver. Let’s start with the controversy. Here’s the final play in Denver in the Thunder’s win over the Nuggets. You decide. Did Harden get him on the arm? Did he go straight up? That’s about as close as it gets. Nothing will change the result, however. Thunder win,…

  12. NBA Playoffs: OKC takes Game 2 as Denver’s depth disappears

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    Al Harrington, J.R. Smith, Nene

    Game 1 of the series between the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder stood out as a highly entertaining contest in an opening weekend full of highly entertaining contests, but the reprise in Game 2 couldn’t quite measure up as a competitive spectacle. Blame the Thunder; OKC used a dominant first quarter as a catalyst…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Thunder barely outgun Nuggets

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:01 AM EDT

    nuggetsthunder1

    In a weekend full of high intensity, close games full of excitement, it was only fitting that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets provided one last fireworks show. The game was the equivalent of some sort of bizarre video game. You have expected a mythical creature to burst through the floor and battle the…

  14. NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City vs. Denver

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Nuggets 50-32 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Oklahoma City 3-1, including sweeping two games in April when the Nuggets were playing well and were everyone’s new second favorite team. KEY INJURIES Thunder: No significant injuries. Nuggets: Ty Lawson sprained his ankle in the season finale Wednesday and it…

  15. Nene is an elite player

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Nene

    The Denver Nuggets’ post-Carmelo play has been one of the best stories of the second half of the season. The Nuggets had the highest offensive efficiency in basketball before trading Anthony, and they haven’t skipped a beat offensively since the trade. More importantly, the Nuggets have transformed themselves into one of the best defensive teams…

  16. Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee Monday

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    It was the moment Sunday when Lakers fans saw another title flash before their eyes. Late in the third quarter Pau Gasol went to the basket for a dunk and got a hard (but clean) foul by Nene. When Gasol landed and crashed to the floor, his knee bent back awkwardly. He stayed down for…

  17. Nene says he wants to stay a Nugget forever. If they pay up.

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    After playing most of the season under the cloud of the Carmelo Anthony trade situation, the sun has broken through in Denver. And like flowers everywhere, the Nuggets are blooming in the spring. Their defense is better. Their offense is better. Their energy is better. They are winning. It’s a fun place to play. Nene…

  18. What now for the Nuggets? Playoff push or fast trades?

    Feb 23, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov

    Congratulations Denver. Sure, having your star player and face of the franchise force his way out of town doesn’t feel like something to be congratulated over, but there is the silver lining you keep hearing about — at least you’re not Cleveland. That’s got to make you feel better, right? You got something in return…

  19. Carmelo Anthony is gone, who else is Denver likely to move

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Carmelo Anthony was just the first domino in Denver. His trade will be followed by host of moves in the next 48 hours — then again next summer — as virtually the entire roster gets overhauled. Denver has from a team that thought it had a chance to push the Lakers to one that is…

  20. The other Nugget everybody wants? Nene.

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Do people realize how good Nene is? He’s not just another one-named Brazilian. He averages 15 points a game but he’s shooting 63.7 percent to get them (best percentage in the league, easily). He’s strong and draws a higher percentage and-one fouls than anyone in the league save Reggie Evans. He’s good on the boards.…

  21. Warriors asking about Nene, just because

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    I suppose it never hurts to ask. Despite their lack of compatible assets, the Golden State Warriors are reportedly inquiring as to the availability of Nene, the highly efficient pivot who could make all of the Dubs’ dreams come true. From Marcus Thompson II of the San Jose Mercury News: According to multiple sources, the…

  22. Start your planning early, the top 25 free agents of 2011

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Today, we’re not thinking about lockouts and franchise tags. Today, just for today, we’re going to pretend that the owners and players are not so stupid as have a protracted lockout during a recession killing the momentum the league is building this season. A man can dream, can’t he? Along those lines, right about now…

  23. Denver’s other big problem: Nene

    Jan 23, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Beyond the ongoing, never-ending, painfully unresolved saga of Carmelo Anthony lies the dread and doom of another situation. If you check Denver’s books, you’ll notice that Nene has an ETO (Early Termination Option) for 2011, meaning he can jump ship and enter free agency should he elect to do so. Nene loves Denver and wants…

  24. Target return dates for Nuggets: Birdman Dec. 1, Martin on New Years Day

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

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    On the night of New Year’s day, when your hangover is finally gone and you settle in for a disappointing Fiesta Bowl featuring Oklahoma and Utah, something else may catch your attention. Kenyon Martin may be back in an NBA game. George Karl said Tuesday that he hoped to have Martin back by Jan. 1,…

  25. Nene injures leg, will skip World Championships, Varejao continues to recover

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:38 AM EDT

    Brazil was coming into the World Championships with maybe the best front line at the party — Nene, Anderson Varejao and soon-to-be-Spur Tiago Splitter. But now Nene will miss the tournament and Varejao continues to miss games leading up to the tournament. Nene, of the Denver Nuggets, injured his leg in a warm up game…

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