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Nene puts the Pacers in Contention Status

The Pacers are without a doubt a team on the rise; a team with a young, and hardworking nucleus that is hungry for more success. Along with the players already on the team, the Pacers also have the financial flexibility that many other teams do not have this summer, and they can make a tremendeous impact this year. The Pacers are a team that lack the superstar, but have a entire team of good players, so why not continue this trend of building a complete team. Adding someone like Nene would make sense in every way imaginable. Nene can play both power forward and center, which is a huge requirement since as currently situated, the Pacers don't have anyone backing up Hibbert. Nene is also a legit 6'10", possessing 7'4.5" wingspan with athleticism and quickness to boot. Nene is a very good man on man post defender, using his physical strength and quickness to deny post position, though he is somewhat lacking in terms of weak side rotation.

Nene is the atypical player that people on IC have been looking for to play along side Hibbert. Nene is a consistant 7.5-7.8 reb/30min guy who last year finished with a 61% fg percentage. Nene has developed his post game and his midrange since coming into the league in 2002, both of which are reliable at the very least. Nene has dealt with injuries early on in his career, but in the past 3 years only missed a combined 12 games. Nene not only adds an overall game and interior presence that will undoubted boost the production of the starting unit but also bring valuable veteran experience to a rising team like the Pacers. A regular rotation with Nene would look something like this:

pg: DC, Hill/Lance, AJ

SG: PG, Hill/Lance, Rush/D.jones

SF: Danny, D.Jones, PG

PF: Nene, Hans

C: Hibbert, Foster(hope he comes back), Nene

Nene will turn 29 in september, so he is very much in his prime, and he's just opted out of his current contract. Now, here's the proposed offer: 12mil/3yrs with a player option for 12mil/2yrs. By the time this contract ends, Nene will be 33, which typically is around the time players move past their prime.

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