NBA Free Agency 2011: Houston Rockets Dropping Out Of Nene Sweepstakes

With David Stern vetoing the potential three-way trade that would have Pau Gasol in Houston, the Rockets front office is still actively looking for another big man, but it appears that they've scratched Denver Nugget free agent Nene off the list:

 Chris Mannix 
Nets reported four-year, $60-$65 million contract offer to Nene knocks Houston out of the bidding, source says. Too rich.

With Tyson Chandler headed to New York, and Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan restricted free-agents, Nene is the last elite center available on the free agent market.

In nine seasons with Denver, the 6'11 260 center has averaged 12.3 rebounds and 6.9 rebounds on 56% shooting.

However, the Rockets have reportedly decided that they are not willing to pay Nene near-maximum money like the Nets are.

While Nene is a solid two-way center, giving him such a huge salary would cost Houston much of its salary cap room.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Houston

You must be a member of SB Nation Houston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Houston. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Houston

You must be a member of SB Nation Houston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Houston. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.