The Houston Rockets have signed PF/C Nene Hilario, according to Adrian Wojnarowski (The Vertical).
It’s a one-year, $2.9 million deal, according to Wojnarwoski.
Nene Hilario will be 34-years old when the season tips off in the fall. The veteran big man hasn’t played more than 70 games since the ’10-’11 season but has been productive when healthy. In 57 games with the Washington Wizards last season, Hilario averaged 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game.
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The Rockets nearly signed Nene back in 2011 after nearly acquiring Pau Gasol. However, that trade fell through due to “basketball reasons” and Nene went on to sign a five-year deal elsewhere. Five summers later the Rockets have finally signed Nene and he’ll likely compete for the backup center role.
The Brazilian native is a more-than-respectable backup big man. He’ll be a good fit in Mike D’Antoni’s offense with his ability to finish down low and his above-average skills as a passer.
It’s a low risk move by GM Daryl Morey who will look to continue to add to this roster. The Rockets aren’t done yet and will likely make a few more moves as they get ready to open the season in a few months.
NBA Free Agency is officially underway and expect the Rockets to be involved in many rumors over the next few weeks.
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