Market for Nene slimming?

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

The Denver Nuggets are still hoping that Nene will end up back in the Mile High City, and are waiting out the slimming market for him, the Denver Post reports.

The 6-11 Brazilian center was about to get an offer from the Houston Rockets to be a power forward next to Pau Gasol, but then the three-way trade that would have brought Gasol to Houston was denied by the league, and the Rockets extended an offer sheet to Marc Gasol rather than Nene.

The New Jersey Nets are waiting to see what happens with Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard before making any move on Nene, the Post notes.

The Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers have either tried to sign other big men (DeAndre Jordan) or actually done so (David West) without making an offer to Nene, the Post reports.

The Post: "In short, it's looking as though Nene is a backup plan or complementary piece for all his suitors except the Nuggets, who haven't replaced him and remain interested in making him their starting power forward, where he would play beside young center Timofey Mozgov," who came over to the Nuggets when Carmelo Anthony was dealt to the New York Knicks.

Before the lockout, the Nuggets offered Nene a four-year, $50 million contract, the Post notes.

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