Free Agency Digest: Day Two

For those that followed our last installment yesterday, this is more of the same. News and commentary updated here as it comes out. Feel free to follow Jeremy, Kalen and Charlie on twitter to find out when we post an update. Not to get anyone’s hopes up but rumors are out that more decisions are expected today, particularly in the case of Nene to the New Jersey Nets.

The buzz this morning centers around restricted free agent Luc Richard Mbah a Moute signing an offer sheet with the Nuggets. The deal is for 4 years and $19 million according to reports. Mbah a Moute is a 3-year veteran forward out of UCLA, where he played with Arron Afflalo. He averages only 6.7 points 5.6 rebounds for his career, but he’s been extremely reliable, appearing in at least 73 games all 3 years while averaging 26 minutes per contest.

Moute’s strengths are his versatility and superb defensive instincts. While he doesn’t get steals or blocks, he’s lauded for his on-ball defense and ability to guard a variety of postions on the perimeter and in the post. With the Bucks, he often guarded the oppositions best player with solid results. I specifically remember Moute giving Carmelo Anthony trouble several times in Denver’s previous visits to Milwaukee.

Strangely enough, Moute has some┬ásimilarities┬áto Kenyon Martin in the latter stages of his career. He has solid perimeter skills on defense but can’t shoot or score with his limited offensive game. He can play off the bench, or be a Dahntay Jones type starter and he’ll fit into small-ball lineups when asked to do so. Four years and $19 million is a fair and restrained offer sheet for a player of his caliber.

The problem is tying up cap space for up to 3 days while Milwaukee decides is they want to match. The offer seems structured to push Milwaukee over the cap, and force them to use exceptions to fill out their roster which would inch them further towards the dreaded luxury tax line. The problem with Denver refusing to overspend is that reasonable offers are more likely to be matched.

For those keeping score, Gary Forbes and Nene are also said to be mulling offers from yesterday and could decide where they go today. No confirmation on whether or not Forbes actually signed an offer sheet, but Nene is rumored to decide on the Nets offer tonight, which could be up to 4 years $64 million.

Update (2:17 MST)
It seems the pursuit of Mbah a Moute is over. Multiple news outlets are reporting the Bucks have decided to match.

In other news, a press release by the Raptors confirms Gary Forbes signed an offer sheet. Nuggets have 3 days to match as we discussed yesterday. Still no details on this contract yet. Its supposedly a two year deal with a team option for a third.

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  • Omar

    bucks matched, so it doesn’t look like he will be a nugget

  • Klules

    Crud, I was hoping for Mbah. We better lock up AAA now. Longshot dream for Dalembert if we lose Nene.

  • Isaac

    We can’t afford to lose AAA. I think we could get by with losing Nene. He would be overpaid if we tried to one up the Nets anyways. We want to contend, but for the right price.

    • Tommy4daNuggz4ever

      I agree we need to offer AAA something and soon.

  • Tommy4daNuggz4ever

    Does anyone know who we are talking to at this point since there is literally no real good rumors that i have seen @ThomasDenverFan

    • Tommy4daNuggz4ever

      Kalen, Charlie or Jeremy anything that yall know???

  • Tommy4daNuggz4ever

    Hurry Big Al, draft picks and another player or so and get d12

  • FinazzAus

    If the nets are DH12 proffered location we as nuggets fan will soon find out if nene is just after a better deal or in fact he has had enought of Denver and will get out no matter what we offer.
    Denver will match any offer made to AAA but they seem to be waiting for someone to make an other so they don’t have pay. Problem with this is if AAA gets the shits on at them he signs a one year deal and leave next year

    • FinazzAus

      Sorry I meant so they don’t over pay AAA.

  • Colby

    I think Nene goes to Houston once they get the trade with the Lakers completed. Wherever he goes, the Nuggets need to make sure it is a sign and trade.

  • Matt Henry

    God dammit, nuggets, do something exciting!!!!

  • Ricardo

    I would do a sign and trade on Nene if he is traded to New Jersey, it’s better to get something than nothing. I hope the nuggets re-sign AAA soon, they haven’t re-sign any of their free agents yet, and it’s kind of making me worry.

  • Colby

    I think they will do what it takes to bring back Arron. They know how important he is and will be to this franchise. I really wanna know what the terms of the Forbes contract by the Raptors is. I would like to see him back but not if it’s for alot. Has anyone heard any new rumors about any other free agents interested in the Nuggets? I really wanted Thaddeus Young and then when that wasn’t possible I wanted Mbah a Moute. Has there been any news on Al Thornton?

  • Klules

    No one should be allowed to sleep at this point. With the CP3 deal falling apart (Odom now in Dallas) the entire circus will now change. LA going for Howard? Clips thought to have a shot at CP3? Houston scrambling… Where does Nene land?

    I guess I’ll bring up the spectre of legal action here at some point too.


  • Colby

    Ya. It does get really crazy now. It kinda pisses me off that the Mavs just gave that trade exception to the Lakers tho. Cuz now the Lakers have the chance to use that on a Howard trade. Whatever tho. I just hope that Howard goes to the Nets and CP3 goes someone like the Clippers so the Lakers don’t get either of them. I hate the Lakers!

  • chronicnugs

    Are we actually being faced with the possibility of paying Nene and AAA 26 million dollars a year combined? Combined they scored 25.5 per. Ummmmmmmm……

    I guess Kobe scored 25.1 and made 25.8, so its a wash right? Please?

    I keep sitting here praying the we get good news, any good news about the Nuggets. Anything. I honestly think i would be happy if we payed Nene 16 per at this point. We need real NBA players on our team. Gilberts ‘Generals’ comment seems to have struck a nerve with this Nuggets old-timer.

  • Tommy4daNuggz4ever

    KALEN,JEREMY,AND CHARLIE… What do you think about this 76ertrade that is going around for marrese Speights for a second rounder i think it could be a steal and he could be a great big for us next to Mozzy and sharing minutes with Manimal plus he can score. I like the line up of Ty, AAA, Gallo, Speights, & Mozzy w/ Miller, JHam, Faried, Stone, Higgins, Bird koufus off the bench oh and big al