The New Jersey Nets are offering unrestricted free agent center Nene a four-year deal worth $60-65 million, report Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. The deal would be worth near Nene's maximum player contract under league rules, but the Denver Nuggets -- the Brazilian's incumbent team -- have the ability to offer a fifth season in any contract and larger annual raises.
It's unclear whether Denver -- or any other suitor, including Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets -- are willing to go that high for the veteran. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star tweeted soon after Yahoo!'s report broke that the Pacers won't go that high for Nene.
The Nets are also involved in the chase for Dwight Howard as reports surfaced Thursday that the All-Star would soon ask for a trade to New Jersey to join Deron Williams. It's unclear how a Nene contract would impact that decision; the Brazilian is an attractive player, but at this pricetag may be too steep for the Orlando Magic or a third team in a Howard deal.
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