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Nene says he will not need surgery, hopes to come back to Rockets next season

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Houston will be getting the band back together next year — pretty much every rotation player there is already under contract for next season. James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Patrick Beverley, Eric Gordon, and on down the list will be back.

Nene could be the exception.

He is a free agent. He also missed the end of the series against San Antonio with a groin injury, and the Rockets missed him more than expected. That said, with the emergence of Clint Capella, will the Rockets want to bring Nene back? At what price? Will another team step in with a better offer?

For his part, Nene told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle he will not need surgery and wants to return next season.

“It’s great. Very positive,” Nene said. “We thought I was supposed to have (surgery.) I don’t need (surgery). If I have to do (surgery), it could be like four months, six months. Now I just have to do therapy for six weeks, eight weeks max….

“Of course I expect (to be back),” Nene said. “That’ll depend on me. I did my job. I just leave it for the coaches, the general manager, my agent. Of course, I’d like to be back. This place, was a blessing for me. They brought me back. They brought the real Nene back. When you’re happy. When you feel good. When you’re engaged, people know you’re work, of course you want to be back.

“I’ve been through a lot of situations. Here, I got young. I got healthy. And I got happy. Of course, I want to be back.”

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