The Houston Rockets agreed to a one-year deal with Nene Hilario in a bid to upgrade their center position. Nene is a 14-year NBA veteran.
Nene is going to sign a contract worth $2.9 million, according to league sources. The veteran center tweeted about his decision to join the Rockets on Wednesday.
I am honored to become part of the Houston Family!! 👊 Thank you for the opportunity and LETS GO ROCKETS!!!
— Nene Hilario (@NeneHilario42) July 6, 2016
After Dwight Howard’s departure, the Rockets needed to add depth to their center position. As things stood after Howard left for Atlanta Hawks, Clint Capula was considered as a starting center in Houston.
Nene featured for the Washington Wizards last season. He posted averages of 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 57 games, according to the ESPN.
The 33-year-old center missed 25 games in 2015-16 season due to injuries. Out of 328 regular season games in the past 4 years, Nene was sidelined in 90 games as he was riddled by injuries.
Washington, in their bid to pursue max contract free agents wanted to clear cap space by moving Nene. He had a $19.5 million cap hold entering this offseason.
Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfield hailed Nene’s huge impact in the locker room earlier.
“Nene came from a winning environment. … He changed the whole culture. He gave us toughness. Defense. He gave us some good rebounding. He’s a team player. I think that was the first big piece to the new culture that we tried to create.”
Nene will now compliment newly acquired forward Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon in Houston’s frontcourt. The Rockets are still looking for a back-up point guard.
Photo Courtesy: Nene Hilario@nene hilario42/twitter