Okay, let’s try this again.
The Houston Rockets have re-signed big man and Nene Hilario to a three-year, $11 million contract.
This comes just a day after the original contract with the Rockets — valued at four years and $15 million — was tossed on the scrapheap due to the over-38 rule..
Nene went back to the drawing board, and was reportedly looking for more length in a better deal. It doesn’t look like he found it, and he ended up taking a contract that was similar in a year-by-year value with the Rockets.
Nene Had a resurgence in Houston last season, with a career high in field goal percentage to go along with an excellent offensive rating. No doubt playing along James Harden helped, and with the recent addition of Chris Paul, Nene Should benefit from those factors again in 2017-18.
Nene Hilario thought he had a deal, he was going to sign a four-year, $15 million contract to come off the bench for the Houston Rockets.
Except, he couldn’t sign a four-year deal — he turns 35 before next season starts, which subjects him to the “over-38” rule. Bobby Marks of ESPN explains.
The structure of the Nene contract with Houston is three-years, $10.9m. Houston is not permitted to give Nene a four-year contract because of the Over 38 rule. The fourth season would have extended past his 38th birthday.
That didn’t work for Nene, reports Marc Spears of The Undefeated at ESPN.
I get Nene is frustrated, but he also has to know that no team can give him a four-year deal because of the over-38 rule (which used to be the over-36 rule until this new CBA). What he wants to do now is squeeze more money out of the three-year deal he can sign, knowing that there’s a good chance this is his last NBA contract.
Houston was offering an average of $3.3 million per year for a player who averaged 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in the 67 games he played — he’s good and efficient still if teams can keep his minutes in the 15-18 per game range. But he’s also got a long history of injuries — 67 games last season was the most he’s played in six seasons. He’s not getting younger. How much would other teams pay? Will other teams looking for a bench big later in July offer a little more per year?
Nene may be willing to wait it out and see.
The Houston Rockets have won 10 games in a row, and in that stretch of time a Mike D’Antoni team has been the second best defense in the NBA. Seriously. On the season the Rockets have risen to 14th in the league in defense — ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Big man Clint Capela has been a big part of the Rockets’ success — he’s an improving rim protector — but it looks like the team will be without him for a while. A report out of L’Equipe, the very respected French sports publication (remember, Capela is Swiss and has connections to France), says the Rockets’ center has a fractured fibula and will be out for several weeks at least while that heals.
From Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle:
In the Rockets’ 111-109 win over the Timberwolves on Dec. 17, Capela left the game early in the second half after banging knees with Karl-Anthony Towns.
Coach Mike D’Antoni said on Monday that Capela will miss Tuesday’s game against the Spurs and was getting an MRI. The Rockets have not released any information about the results.
Most likely the delay in the team making it official is a second MRI or test. It will come.
Capela is averaging 11.8 points and 8 rebounds a game. Expect to see more Nene Hilario and Montrezl Harrell at the five. Also, this is D’Antoni we’re talking about, so expect him to experiment with smaller lineups that have more shooting (Ryan Anderson at the five anyone?).