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She_Growls
10-31-2005, 08:10 AM
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denver nuggets
Nene likely will wait
Nuggets forward not near big deal
By Adam Thompson
Denver Post Staff Writer



Both sides negotiating a possible contract extension for Nugget forward Nene sounded pessimistic about a deal coming to fruition before an NBA-mandated deadline today.

Although he said the two sides are still talking, agent Michael Coyne said: "I don't see it. We're just too far apart."

Added Denver general manager Kiki Vandeweghe: "Michael Coyne and I are going to take it right up to the deadline. If we are fortunate enough to get something done, that'd be great. But if you look at all the people who are potential restricted free agents, the odds are he's going to become a restricted free agent. But we're sure going to give it a try."

If no deal gets done, Nene becomes a restricted free agent next summer, meaning other teams may sign him, though the Nuggets could match. Nene has taken out an insurance policy in case he enters the regular season with his future undetermined.

Nene is believed to be searching for a contract worth about $10 million annually, similar to what New York's Eddy Curry and Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert signed for this offseason.

Dalembert's career highs for a season are 8.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, while Nene's are 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Detroit, Boston, Chicago and Atlanta are teams believed to be interested in Nene, and the latter two should have plenty of salary cap room to make him a big offer if they choose next year.

"The guy's going to be a wealthy man," Nuggets coach George Karl predicted. "I told him if we stop coaching him, he's going to be a wealthy man. If the NBA locks out, he's going to be a wealthy man. ... It's just a financial situation where we have to evaluate the pulse of the league. There's a lot of rumors this year.

"I think we showed him that we want him here, want to give him the opportunity to be a wealthy man here."

Vandeweghe agreed that failure to strike a deal now does not "by any stretch" mean the Nuggets do not want Nene.

"I think the trick has been to try and formulate something that's fair to both sides, taking into account potential and taking into account" what Nene already has accomplished, Vandeweghe said.

Paying big based on Nene's upside is one question mark. A second is the looming contract extension for Nuggets small forward Carmelo Anthony in 2007.

Anthony's agent, Calvin Andrews, said Sunday that despite published reports, he is not locked into landing Anthony a maximum contract. Still, Anthony should be up for a sizeable raise, which, with Nene's contract and the team's other long-term deals, likely would force Denver to pay the NBA's luxury tax.

"Obviously you try to be fiscally responsible and make sure that your decisions are the best for the team and give you the best opportunity to win," Vandeweghe said. "But you're also trying to make each decision stand on its own merits."

Another possibility is an in-season trade, though it could be hard to get a player of equal value matching Nene's $3 million contract alone.

"I just don't think you trade bigs,"

Drbio
10-31-2005, 08:40 AM
I would do almost anything to get Nene here, but I just don't see it happening.

rakesh.s
10-31-2005, 08:47 AM
In all likelihood, Nene is headed to Atlanta in a sign and trade(involving childress or one of their other young guys) this offseason

MavKikiNYC
11-01-2005, 07:49 PM
And Nene goes down with an injury at 2:17 left in Q1 of the season opener.

MavKikiNYC
11-01-2005, 08:11 PM
Originally posted by: MavKikiNYC
And Nene goes down with an injury at 2:17 left in Q1 of the season opener.


At a minimum: Strained ACL. Possibly worse.

rakesh.s
11-01-2005, 08:32 PM
It didn't look like something that would allow him to come back soon... He couldn't even get up. They helped him off the floor.

I'm guessing Torn ACL, out for the year.. Maybe he'll show up at the 3 pt shootout totally out of shape.

Looks like he'll be commanding the MLE

dirno2000
11-01-2005, 08:56 PM
Maybe he'll show up at the 3 pt shootout totally out of shape.nice...

HexNBA
11-02-2005, 07:44 PM
ouch!

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DENVER - Denver Nuggets forward Nene is likely out for the season after an MRI exam showed he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener, the team announced Wednesday.

An MRI also revealed a medial collateral ligament sprain and a lateral meniscus tear in Nene's right knee.

Nene was helped off the floor in the first quarter of Tuesday's 102-91 loss to San Antonio. He fell while the Spurs' Tim Duncan stole the ball from him.

"I was excited about Nene all summer long, he's been working hard," coach George Karl told Denver station KUSA-TV. "You know, I'm sad for him."

It's the second straight season the Nuggets have lost a player in the season opener. Last year, they lost Voshon Lenard, who missed 79 games after tearing his Achilles'.

Nene, in his fourth NBA season, averages 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

dude1394
11-02-2005, 07:53 PM
Good gracious, how an atheletes life can change is just a blink of an eye.

Normal people too for that matter...Take stock, smell the roses, pull your pants down and sliiiiiiiiiddddddddeeeee on the ice.

mcsluggo
11-04-2005, 08:18 AM
Originally posted by: dude1394
Good gracious, how an atheletes life can change is just a blink of an eye.

Normal people too for that matter...Take stock, smell the roses, pull your pants down and sliiiiiiiiiddddddddeeeee on the ice.

too funny! i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

Arne
11-04-2005, 12:11 PM
Oh my gosh... I feel soooooooooooooooo sorry for Nene. He's one of the most likeable players in the league. I hope he'll be back sooner than later. Poor guy.