As part of the Clint Capela deal with Houston, the Hawks acquired longtime veteran Nene. However, the big man has missed the entire season with a hip abductor and was involved in this deal as a salary filler to make the financials work. With Nene’s contract for 2020-21 being guaranteed on February 15th, it was mainly a foregone conclusion the Hawks would part ways with him.
The 37-year-old was drafted 7th overall back in 2002, and his career has included stops in Denver, Washington, and Houston. A defensive stalwart, it will be interesting to see if Nene’s playing days are done or whether he will try to catch on with another team this summer.
As for the Hawks, by waiving Nene and pulling off a two-for-one deal, trading Jabari parker and Alex Len for Dewayne Dedmon, their roster now sits at 13 players. They should now let some guys audition on 10-day contracts in hopes of finding a rotational player for next season at a reasonable cost.