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Nene Hilario | Center/Forward | #42

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (35) / 9/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 250
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (7) / NY
Contract: view contract details

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Nene has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $11 million deal with the Rockets.
Nene initially agreed to a four-year deal worth $15 million with Houston, but that first contract was voided due to the new CBA's over-38 rule. Nene is a quality backup big man in the league, but he's well past his days of being relevant in fantasy hoops. Jul 2 - 4:15 PM

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Updating a previous item, Nene is back on the free agent market due to a misunderstanding with the new CBA's over-38 rule.

OK, so Nene reportedly agreed to a four-year, $15 million deal on Friday night. In the old CBA, this would have not even been close to being allowed due to players over 36 not being allow to sign a deal that long. That said, Nene is still going to be over 38 years old by a little over one month in what would be the start of the fourth year of his new deal. That means he would have to sign a three-year, $10 million deal, which he is reportedly not interested in at this time, according to Marc Spears of Stay tuned.
Jul 1 - 12:43 PM

Updating a previous item, the contract Nene has agreed to with Houston will be worth $10.9 million over three years.

It was previously reported that Nene had agreed to a four-year deal with the Rockets. However, per Bobby Marks of ESPN: 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. Nene played very well in limited minutes last season and the shorter length of the contract makes the deal even better from a Rockets perspective.
Jul 1 - 10:47 AM

The Rockets have reached an agreement with Nene on a four year, $15 million contract.

Nene is 34 years old and he's already getting plenty of maintenance days right now, so it's hard to imagine what it'll look like in four years. Still, this isn't exactly a back-breaking contract for dollars per year and it'll give the Rockets some wiggle room in their quest to stay under the cap.
Jun 30 - 11:17 PM

Nene said he will not need surgery to repair his ruptured groin muscle.

"It's great. Very positive," Nene said. "We thought I was supposed to have [surgery]. I don't need [surgery]." This is wonderful news for the 34-year-old veteran because surgery would've required four to six months on the shelf. Instead, Nene will rehab for 6-8 weeks and is fully expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Nene was excellent in the postseason with averages of 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals in just 17.9 minutes per game, and he's likely going to get a nice raise this summer after playing for only $2.9 million in 2016-17. He's hopeful to re-sign with the Rockets and the feeling is likely mutual.
May 14 - 11:28 AM

Nene, a pending free agent, said that "of course" he would like to return to Houston next season.

"Of course I'd like to be back. This place was great for me," said Nene. "They brought the younger Nene back. I got young, I got healthy and I got happy. Of course, I want to be back." Nene also said that he will be fully recovered from his torn left adductor in 6-8 weeks. The Rockets paid Nene only $2.9 million last season, and he greatly exceeded expectations. They will likely have to bump up his salary to retain him.
May 12 - 1:32 PM

The Rockets announced that Nene will miss the remainder of the playoffs with a left adductor tear.

This is a brutal blow for Houston, as Nene was playing his best basketball in years and was averaging 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals in just 17.9 minutes per game in the postseason. He's currently reviewing treatment options and a timetable will be established once he makes a decision. Nene will be 35 years old this summer when he hits the open market as a free agent. With Nene out, Clint Capela will have to play more and Ryan Anderson will likely see some time at the center. There's a chance that Montrezl Harrell could get minutes as well.
May 8 - 12:02 PM

Nene (strained left groin) will not return to Sunday's game and is headed to the hospital for an MRI.

Nene checked in early due to Clint Capela's foul trouble, and his absence forces the Rockets to go even smaller than usual in the frontcourt. The veteran big man is no stranger to injuries and groin strains tend to linger -- even if the MRI brings good news, it's hard to imagine him playing in Game 5 on Tuesday. If he can't suit up, Clint Capela and Ryan Anderson will be pressed into heavy duty.
May 7 - 9:50 PM

Nene has been fined $15,000 for escalating an altercation during Game 1, but he will not face a suspension.

Nene pushed Dewayne Dedmon "above the shoulders" during a heated exchange in Game 1, which resulted in an ejection, but he'll be good to go for Game 2 on Wednesday.
May 3 - 12:13 PM

Nene was ejected from Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

Dewayne Dedmon and James Harden were getting into a heated argument, so Nene came over and pushed Dedmon away and put his hands around his neck. The NBA will likely review this, but a suspension doesn't seem likely. You can check out the incident in the link below. Nene finished with seven points, five rebounds and a steal in 16 minutes.
May 1 - 11:38 PM

Nene was a perfect 12-of-12 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder, scoring 28 points to go with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes off the bench.

The 28 points were a playoff career-high for Nene, and his 12 makes without a miss tied an NBA playoff record. He was crucial to the Rockets pulling out the win tonight with James Harden struggling for most of the game, and in general, he's played very well through this first-round series with averages of 13.5 points and 6.5 boards while knocking down an insane 92.0 percent of his shot attempts.
Apr 23 - 6:35 PM

Nene had another productive game on Wednesday with seven points on 3-of-3 shooting, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

The Rockets were scuffling along in the first quarter but Nene gave them a welcome jolt of energy and scoring, and he's been simply amazing vs. the Thunder all season long. Fellow big man Clint Capela was also effective with seven points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 23 minutes, whereas Montrezl Harrell racked up a DNP-CD.
Apr 19 - 10:58 PM

Nene made 7-of-8 field goals to score 15 points vs. the Thunder on Sunday, adding five rebounds (three offensive), one block, and zero turnovers in 19 minutes.

"When he is healthy, Nene is one of the best centers in the league," coach Mike D'Antoni said prior to tip-off. He looked plenty healthy tonight, and continued a season-long trend of tormenting the Thunder -- in four regular-season matchups he averaged 14.3 points on 76.7 percent shooting. With a rock-bottom price in DFS, he's worth considering as a punt play.
Apr 17 - 12:36 AM

Nene scored nine points with two rebounds, one steal and one block against the Wolves on Wednesday.

It'll be interesting to see how Nene fits in against the Thunder. He's seen his minutes limited throughout the season, but Clint Capela has also earned some added run. Nene was effective against OKC this year, averaging 14.3 points, 3.8 boards and 1.3 assists in 19.5 minutes per game. He'll be a risky DFS play off the bench.
Apr 13 - 12:37 AM

Nene (fingers) said that he will play Wednesday vs. the Timberwolves.

Nene may be able to return from his two-game absence tonight, but he won't be on the floor enough to make a difference in most leagues with Clint Capela (rest) also back in action.
Apr 12 - 5:14 PM