Nene has 9 years of experience, so he qualifies for 30% of cap max (unlike LeBron, etc who at the time were limited to 25% of cap). That means his salary can start at $16,324,500 going by Larry Coon's numbers.
Thus, the maximum that the Pacers or an s&t team could offer Nene is 4 years, $70m, for an average of $17.5m. The maximum that Denver could offer is 5 years, $95m, or an average of $19m.
I hope we're all agreed that those numbers are ridiculous for Nene, best FA available or not. So if the bidding gets anywhere near this territory, I hope we drop out fast.
EDIT: ninja'd by Speed :) My numbers are a little off from Tom Ziller's, but not by much
I persoanlly, would rather sign West or save our money. The FA class next year is where we need to spend our money
There's just something not right about us paying max money to get Nene while people on ESPN are already saying CP3 will take less than max to go to New York. I understand that we don't have a shot at most if any of the big names, but then we get relegated to overpaying for above average middle aged role players?
David West(notes) has a message for any NBA teams looking to sign an elite power forward when the free-agent market opens on Dec. 9: If you pass on him because of concerns about his surgically repaired left knee, you’ll regret it.
One of the more productive players at his position in recent years, West tore his left anterior cruciate ligament late last season. West, 31, says his knee feels strong and he’s progressed to playing with some contact.
“I’m glad they’re doubting me,” West told Yahoo! Sports. “I am going to shock folks. I have not stopped working. No vacations. No family time. No chilling. I have not worked this hard or as consistent in any point of my career, college or pro.”
West has played his entire NBA career with the New Orleans Hornets. But while the Hornets are interested in re-signing him, West plans to assess all his free-agent options. The franchise’s future is uncertain for two reasons: The NBA still is looking for an owner for the Hornets; and All-Star guard Chris Paul(notes) could end up being traded if New Orleans fears he’ll leave as a free agent at the end of next season.
“Basically, I’m looking at the best option for the next few years of my career,” West said. “I want to win. … I’m really going to look at every option closely and make a well thought-out decision.”
West probably won’t have to think for too long. Free agency figures to be fast and furious as teams try to quickly fill out their rosters after the lockout officially ends. The amnesty provision in the new collective bargaining agreement – which allows teams to waive one player and remove his contract from their salary cap – also could put some more players on the market. And some general managers wonder if former NBA players Wilson Chandler(notes), J.R. Smith(notes), Aaron Brooks(notes) and Kenyon Martin(notes) can find a way to get out of their guaranteed contracts in China. If so, several GMs said to expect strong interest in Chandler.
Until then, however, here’s a look at 15 of the top free agents, regardless of whether they’re unrestricted (U) or restricted (R). Teams will have three days to match any offer sheet made to their restricted free agents.
I think we need to look where we would be in 4 years after Nene's contract ends if we sign him to the max. 4 years is not too long. Nene will be 33, which should be near the end of him prime. I'm not sure he is the perfect solution since you will have to pay the max, but I can't think of anything better (realistically), even next year. I'm joining the camp of get him at all costs, since "all costs" is only a 4 year commitment and we have the funds available right now. I think we will be contenders in years 2, 3 and 4 of his contract with him.
I think this needs broken down further for a year-by-year analysis. If signing him means we can't afford to keep George and Hibbert, then my opinion changes.
10 million dollars for David West?
14 million dollars for Nene?
Okay...real easy question....between Tyson Chandler, Nene or Marc Gasol....IF the Pacers MUST sign a Big Man THIS SEASON and was forced to dole out a Near-MAX ( $14+ mil ) to MAX Contract for a Big Man....who would you ( reluctantly ) give one to if you were Larry Bird?
For me, it would be:
1 ) Tyson
2 ) Nene
3 ) Marc
Is that even up for debate? Gasol by a mile.
Nene and Chandler are going to be 30.
Both have a ton of mileage on their bodies.
It's not even close IMO. Gasol won't be coming available though. Of course, none of them should really get that type of money.
Marc is by far the most complete player but he can't play PF which means you trade Hibby for a PF.
I'm also not even worried about how he would play with Hibbert because I could flip Hibbert in a deal for Josh Smith or Eric Gordon or hell, even Monta Ellis.
Nene and Tyson aren't getting any better as players either. They are what they are.
Pretty much doesn't matter what we do, it will turn out to be either cap hell or missing the perfect FA (or both).
but who exactly said they wont come to Indiana?
hear it directly from CP3 or Dwight or D Will?
its not out of the realm of possibility, and I would persoanlly wait and take a chance next year than through a FA Center (Nene) a MAX contract when he will make us better defensively but is not a "Batman" to Danny's "Robin"
Let's try rephrasing the question: Is Nene worth one and a half Mike Dunleavies?