He just wants a longer contract, so he opted out so they can give him a 4 year contract. Now that he is a FA of course there is a small chance he could go, but it would take a big offer from a good suitor (How many are there?) or Denver deciding they aren't 100 sure about him and lowballing him (which we haven't seen an indication of.
I still think he'll re-sign in Denver. I really can't find a better situation for him unless Denver just doesn't want to pay him a lot (which would be stupid). Unless if a team like San Antonio or Houston or Philly or GS offers a good sign and trade for him and Denver (assuming the CBA allows for S&Ts), he probably won't leave. He better be hoping for either a higher cap or keeping sign and trades legal because if not, his options are down to teams with cap space (Sacramento? Minnesota? NJ?) and Denver, in which case, Denver can lowball him and dare him to go to a horrible team. If there are sign and trades I could see Cleveland being a great fit for him and being able to offer Denver a good package. Possibly Varajao (and maybe even Hickson) for Nene. Nene is a better fit in Cleveland and they'd allow T Thompson to get a lot of minutes at PF.
Nene took a huge risk by opting out.
Last edited by MeLO MvP 15 : 06-30-2011 at 01:28 PM.
Even if there still is an MLE (very possible there isn't...), it would be that and even then he wouldn't take it. The way I see it, he's hoping for sign and trades to still be intact, a high cap or advantages to re-signing with current teams.