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08:09 AM ET 06.30 | Nene is taking his talents to the open market. Now the real work begins for the Nuggets in trying to retain their starting center. Nene will opt out of the final year of his contract worth nearly $12 million and, as a result, become an unrestricted free agent, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday night. It means Nene can sign with any team he wishes without the Nuggets getting a chance to match the offer when free agency begins after the expected NBA lockout, which likely will start Friday. Nene had until today to make a final decision. The Nuggets tried to sign him to a contract extension before today, the last day of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, but to no avail. Instead, Nene figures to have many suitors -- including the Nuggets -- as he explores his options.

The Denver Post

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June 30, 2011  08:14 AM ET

Hello Dallas?

June 30, 2011  08:24 AM ET

Dallas is better off with Chandler who is a better defender and rebounder. With the new CBA expected to roll back salaries turning down $12 million in the last year of a deal is really risky.

June 30, 2011  08:27 AM ET
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Dallas is better off with Chandler who is a better defender and rebounder. With the new CBA expected to roll back salaries turning down $12 million in the last year of a deal is really risky.

oh I know..it was mostly tough and cheek....But now if They want to give us JR im listening....

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June 30, 2011  08:36 AM ET
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Many, many suitorsThere will be 25 teams inquiring about him

How many will have the money he wants? I don't think he's leaving that much money on the table to go somewhere and play for the mid level exemption.

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June 30, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Nene, it is time to come to the Knicks. You are their missing link. Knicks get this done ASAP!

June 30, 2011  09:03 AM ET
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Nene, it is time to come to the Knicks. You are their missing link. Knicks get this done ASAP!

right area wrong team....i could see prokhorov bringing him to the NYETS (D will and Nene AND lopez...)

June 30, 2011  09:05 AM ET
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We are thinking small. Most of us have no concept of the the money these guys make, and have made throughout their careers. Everything doesn't come down to every cent that can be extracted from a given team. These guys are already rich, and once you have more than you can spend, hitting the mother load matters less and less. I can tell you from personal experience (and not to brag, but just to illustrate my point), that although I don't have NBA money, I'm doing quite well, and I seldom consider how much I could be making with another firm. Once you have more money than you need, it becomes about other things like quality of life, time with your family, living in a place you want to live, closer proximity to other ventures etc. I don't know what Nene's motivation is anymore than anyone else, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's not sitting around counting is pennies like some of us are trying to do.

I haven't seen any reports or rumors that Nene didn't like being in Denver or the direction the team was headed either before or after the Anthony trade. I have seen several reports though that he was upset earlier in the season with Denver's management about not getting a contract extention. Could he go somewhere for less money to be closer to a championship yes but I'm inclined to think he is like most athletes who no matter how much money they have made will look to make more when the opportunity arises. I'm not judging Nene saying its a good thing or a bad I'm just saying that history has shown thats what most free agents which is go where the money is.

June 30, 2011  09:13 AM ET
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most free agents

most free agents do, which is go where the money is

June 30, 2011  09:17 AM ET
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We are thinking small. Most of us have no concept of the the money these guys make, and have made throughout their careers. Everything doesn't come down to every cent that can be extracted from a given team. These guys are already rich, and once you have more than you can spend, hitting the mother load matters less and less. I can tell you from personal experience (and not to brag, but just to illustrate my point), that although I don't have NBA money, I'm doing quite well, and I seldom consider how much I could be making with another firm. Once you have more money than you need, it becomes about other things like quality of life, time with your family, living in a place you want to live, closer proximity to other ventures etc. I don't know what Nene's motivation is anymore than anyone else, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's not sitting around counting is pennies like some of us are trying to do.

Interesting assessment, Doc. I know for a fact that you are right, money ISN'T everything. And once you are making a sufficient enough income to sustain your bills, quality of life becomes even more important than how fat your bankroll is. Right after I retired from the military, I was working as a contractor with Lockheed Martin. Now, I didn't make as much as I do now, but the quality of life was outstanding. Flex hours, paid every week, a phenomonal benefits plan, free dental, and working on the cutting edge of aviation were all things that I sorely miss right now. So I know that you are speaking the truth. Good post.

June 30, 2011  09:22 AM ET
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Hello Dallas?

Dallas can not sign him unless it involves a trade...

They are already over the cap without re-signing Chandler, Butler, Berea and Stevenson.

More than likely, they will keep their own and make another run.

June 30, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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Nene, it is time to come to the Knicks. You are their missing link. Knicks get this done ASAP!

you're a knicks fan?

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June 30, 2011  09:39 AM ET

What is all this about Dallas and the Knicks? Do you people have any concept of cap space? Neither team has ANY to sign Nene. Only teams with cap space can sign Nene as a free agent.

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June 30, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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No my friend, Nene will not be residing in Brooklyn and quite frankly, the better choice would unquestionably be Midtown Manhattan baby, get my drift.

Typical Knicks fan with no concept of cap space and the incredible burden the Amare/Melo contracts together are going to put on that franchise. Let me guess... you are going to trade Billups for Nash? No wait, CP3! No wait, Dwight Howard!

 
June 30, 2011  09:45 AM ET

The grass is not always greener on the other side, Bro.

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