Nene has re-signed with the Rockets.
After much drama, the Houston Rockets are making a move to sign a certain backup center. The team is bringing back Nene Hilario. This signing for the Rockets is a huge one as it strengthens the bench and brings back someone James Harden called his “mentor.” Last season, Nene would come off the bench and start occasionally. He brought a good offensive game and some tough defense in the paint. On the year, Nene averaged 9.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and about 18 minutes per game. The Rockets are lucky to have Nene back, and he is, hopefully, glad to be back. Maybe, Nene can end his career in Houston with a ring or two.
Nene will take the three-year, non-Bird deal, worth $10.95 million. https://t.co/xwEQ3k9Sd5
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 2, 2017
Nene is a Bargain
As you see in the tweet above, the Rockets got back Nene for cheap. In the age of all players getting massive contracts, even role players, Houston will get Nene for under $4 million per year. For a veteran who brings more to the table than his good playing, this deal is a steal.
Nene also really wants to be in Houston. The team rejuvenated him and he played 10 more games than the previous season in Washington. According to Jonathan Feigen, Nene said after the season, “They brought the real Nene back. I got healthy. And I got happy. Of course, I want to be back.” It is great that the Brazilian force will return to Red Nation. Hopefully, he still feels the same way after contract negotiations went a little astray.
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What is Next for the Rockets?
The Rockets will need to continue to bolster their roster if they want to compete with Golden State. The bench additions of Nene and P.J. Tucker will help, but one more star is likely needed. Who will the Rockets go after?
*All stats via Basketball-Reference*