Veteran big man Nene re-signs with Rockets

Nene Hilario declined his player option with the Rockets earlier this offseason.

The Houston Rockets have re-signed veteran big man Nene, general manager Daryl Morey announced in a news release.

Nene is 6-foot-11 and turns 37 next week. He opted out of his contract at the end of the season, leading to speculation that he might retire.

Instead, he will return for an 18th season, playing a reserve role behind starting Rockets center Clint Capela and alongside free-agent addition Tyson Chandler.

Nene appeared in 42 games last season and averaged 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds. He appeared in seven playoff games.

He is the only remaining NBA player from the 2002 draft.

Per the Rockets release: “NenĂª is one of four players in NBA history with career totals of at least 10,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 1,500 assists, 1,000 steals, and 700 blocks while averaging fewer than 28.0 minutes per game, joining Alvan Adams, Shawn Kemp and Jerome Kersey.”