Monday, December 12, 2011
Ford on Nene, AK-47, Hump
By Mike Mazzeo
Here is an excerpt of Chad Ford's latest top-10 remaining FA's in 2011. You have to be an Insider to ready the whole story, which you can do by clicking here.
1. Nene: (It looks like Nene's options narrowed down to the Nets, Nuggets and possibly the Rockets over the weekend. The Pacers made a strong bid for Nene, but moved on when they signed David West on Sunday. The Rockets were thought to be aggressive suitors as well, but they just hit Marc Gasol with a qualifying offer on Sunday. If the Grizzlies match, as expected, the Rockets could get back in the hunt for Nene.
Nene continues to look for a contract that averages between $14 million and $15 million per season. Although the Nuggets have the advantage of being able to offer a fifth year on the contract, sources say Nene prefers to leave. The Nets are willing to offer more per year, but not until the Dwight Howard fiasco works itself out.
4. Andrei Kirilenko: (Kirilenko's original asking price -- four years, $40 million -- came as major sticker shock to a lot of teams. He's lowered the price significantly over the past few days (three years, $26.5 million), but now that the Pacers moved on to West, he's in a bit of a quandary. The Jazz would like him back and other teams, like the Nets and Kings, have shown interest. But so far no teams are biting.
9. Kris Humphries: Things have been weirdly quiet for Humphries. Usually young, athletic big men who average the second highest rebound rate among power forwards in the NBA are inundated with offers. But things haven't quite worked out that way for Humphries. Did NBA GMs just forget about him? The Nets continue to show the most interest, but if they end up getting Howard they won't have the cap space to pay him. He may not be a superstar, but given his past performance and his age, he's a major bargain at this point for someone. I blame the Kardashians.