Late Friday night, The Houston Chronicle reported Nene and the Rockets had agreed on a four-year, $15 million deal. It appears that is no longer the case.
Daniel Kilgore Authentic Jersey At age 34, Nene averaged 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds on 62 percent shooting as mid-range-and-in scorer off the bench for the Rockets, who posted the NBA’s third-best record last season.
But don’t question an NBA players’ worth to LeBron James. He is one of the biggest supporters of NBA players getting paid as they rightfully deserve, and he’s not afraid to speak up about it.
LeBron is expected to make just over $33 million next season, but up until 2016 he had never been the highest paid in the NBA or even on his own team. LeBron, given his greatness, has always been underpaid and has been an advocate for other players making as much money as they possibly can. And he’s not shy speaking out against leadership in the NBA when it comes to his fellow players.
There is no doubt a rivalry between the Cavaliers and the Warriors and we’ve never really seen LeBron James and Steph Curry be friends off the court. That said, no one is a better ambassador for the game and its players than LeBron James.
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Another wrinkle is that free agency in general is front-loaded: Most players want their status resolved ASAP, and take all of their meetings within the first few days of July. However, nothing can officially be signed until the moratorium ends on July 6. The Otto Porter ordeal provides a good example of the timing issues chasing an RFA creates. The Nets reached a deal with Porter late on July 4 after the player met with multiple teams over four days. The match clock didn’t start ticking until the moratorium ended on July 6. The Wizards had until the end of July 8 — Saturday — to officially inform Porter and the Nets of their decision. For four days a huge chunk of Brooklyn’s cap space was tied up in the Porter decision, despite it being pretty much a lock that Washington would eventually match.