Nene said he never wanted to leave the Denver Nuggets - and the team gave him every possible reason for staying.
Passing on contract offers from other clubs, the NBA's top free agent re-signed with the Nuggets, putting his signature on a five-year, $67 million contract Wednesday.
''It's a real exciting day for the Denver Nuggets,'' Nuggets President Josh Kroenke said.
Added Masai Ujiri, the Nuggets' executive vice president of basketball operations, ''It was a long process but we all know Nene is a huge part of our basketball team and we're very glad to have him back.
''Nene was our No. 1 guy. We knew what our goal was and the player that we wanted and Nene was our player,'' Ujiri said.
Nene, the 6-foot-11 Brazilian forward who led the league in field-goal percentage last season at 61.5, chose to remain in Denver after drawing interest from such teams as the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers.
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