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Houston Rockets Nene ordeal: 4 times the NBA voided deals

Nene Hilario #42 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nene Hilario #42 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 7: Nene Hilario #42 of the Houston Rockets dunks the ball against the Phoenix Suns on April 7, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 7: Nene Hilario #42 of the Houston Rockets dunks the ball against the Phoenix Suns on April 7, 2019 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

With the news of the NBA voiding the contract of Houston Rockets center Nene, I decided to explore the league’s history of voiding contracts.

The NBA has decided to void the contract of Houston Rockets big man Nene, opting to instead make his outgoing trade salary worth $2.6 million and not $10 million.

This has left the Rockets in a bad spot, as their road to avoiding the luxury tax just got that much harder. In addition, their ability to trade for Memphis Grizzlies forward Andre Iguodala without compromising the core has been scrapped entirely.

The manner in which the league reversed course on this contract without a rule being broken by the Rockets is unprecedented, but it’s far from the first time the league has voided a player’s contract.

Here are four other instances in which the league has stepped in and voided a contract. Let’s get started!

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