The Denver Nuggets, according to sources close to the situation, are already pitching a contract extension to Nene.
It had been widely assumed around the league that Denver’s center would shoot to the front of the trade line as soon as a Carmelo Anthony deal finally got done … and assuming there was enough time before the deadline for the Nuggets to work on follow-up deals.
But teams that have been calling for Nene — and I’m told that more than half the league has rung Denver in recent weeks to register interest in the Brazilian big man — are gradually being informed that a key element of the Nuggets’ post-Melo plan is trying to convince Nene to stay.
Denver is too far away from putting a team together to be spending that type of money on a player of Nene’s caliber and age.
They should be trying to trade Nene for young talent in an effort to properly rebuild their roster for the future.
These halfway measures are going to screw up their rebuilding process.