Weird negotiation ends in Rockets keeping Nene on a great deal

Laura Christensen
July 3, 2017

In his first year with the Rockets, Nene played in 67 games, matching his most games played since the 2010-11 season, averaging 9 points and 4 rebounds per game, while making close to 62 percent of his field goal attempts.

Originally, Nene was not interested in the three-year deal the Rockets were offering, and things were at a standstill until Sunday afternoon, when the two sides reportedly agreed to a new deal that will keep Nene in Houston.

Last night old man Nene cashed in on a productive, mostly-healthy season in Houston by agreeing to a four-year, $15 million free agent contract to stay with the Rockets.

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Nene turns 35 in September before next season starts. This is due to the Over-38 rule which would have the fourth year of his contract go past his 38th birthday, according to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks. After the Rockets' trade for Chris Paul depleted their bench depth, he'll serve as a valuable backup to starting center Clint Capela.

After the first deal was pulled, Nene planned to talk to other National Basketball Association teams during free agency that opened Saturday.

Now that they're securing depth after signing Nene to a cheap deal, their roster is looking strong across the board.

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