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Nene to stay in Denver with five-year deal


The biggest free agent on the market is going nowhere.

After flirting with a few teams including the Rockets, Pacers and Nets, Brazilian center Nene has re-signed with the Denver Nuggets with a five-year, $67 million deal, according Marc Stein at ESPN.

That is a really fair deal for both sides, Nene is well paid but the Nuggets did not fall into the trap of overpaying to keep him.

Nene was the top free agent on the market this year, a big man who can defend and rebound plus has a very efficient offensive game. He averaged 14.5 points per game shooting a league-best 61 percent last season, and he pulled down 7.6 rebounds per game. He was a guy you could use as an anchor in the middle on a contending team. That’s what the Rockets and Nets pitched.

But in the end, Nene had a real comfort level in Denver. This is a place where he put down roots (his wife is from Denver) and where he is involved in the community. That matters and always gave Denver the upper hand.

Missing out on Nene may hurt the Nets most, as they continue to strive to land a star player to go along with Deron Williams. It’s not for lack of effort, but if the Nets can’t land someone Williams can walk as a free agent net summer and land somewhere like Dallas (which is clearing out cap space to go after him and other free agents).

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.