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Nene Plans To Re-Sign With The Rockets; Eric Gordon Gets Maximum Contract Extension

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Nene Plans To Re-Sign With The Rockets; Eric Gordon Gets Maximum Contract Extension

Kelly Iko, Rockets beat writer for The Athletic, reported that Nene plans to re-sign with the team and per Jonathan Feigen, beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, Eric Gordon agreed to sign a four-year, $76 million maximum contract extension.

While Nene Hilario is 36 years old, last season he proved that he can still provide quality minutes to an NBA team. He might have averaged just 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.0 minutes over 42 games for the Rockets last season but that’s exactly what they would need from him because he will back up Clint Capela and Tyson Chandler.

There were younger options available with potentially more upside but Nene is a proven veteran and he gives the Rockets a consistent and reliable interior presence off the bench.

Rockets Roster & Starting Lineup

*Notates expected starter

C: Clint Capela*, Tyson Chandler, Nene
PF: P.J. Tucker*, Isaiah Hartenstein, Dyonta Davis
SF: Eric Gordon*, Danuel House Jr., Gerald Green, Gary Clark
SG: James Harden*, Michael Frazier, William McDowell-White
PG: Russell Westbrook*, Austin Rivers, Chris Chiozza, Shamorie Ponds, Chris Clemons

It has been a busy offseason for the Rockets, they traded for Russell Westbrook, which will help keep them in the mix in a tough Western Conference that has an impressive amount of star power and they signed Clint Capela to a five-year $90 million extension.

The Rockets also re-signed Gerald Green, Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon to the previously mentioned four-year maximum contract extension (the fourth year is non-guaranteed, he will get if he makes the All-Star team or the Rockets win an NBA championship).

Gordon was one of six players to make 200 3-pointers each of the last three seasons. The others? Stephen Curry, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker.

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