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Nene will not be with Houston in training camp after re-injuring adductor

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Houston Rockets big man Nene Hilario has re-injured an adductor and will not be with the team for the start of training camp, according to a report from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Nenê, now 36 years of age, became an unrestricted free agent back in June after opting out of the final season of his contract. However, the Brazilian-born center re-signed with the Rockets on September 3.

In his 42 appearances with the Rockets last season (two starts), Nene racked up averages of 3.6 points on 51.7 percent shooting from the field and 2.9 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per outing. For the record, his numbers were career-lows.

At this point, it’s not clear what sort of role Nene will play for Houston in the coming season, as the team already has several talented bigs on its roster, including Clint Capela and Tyson Chandler. Still, Nene, who’s entering his 18th NBA season, could serve as a solid option off the bench.

The Rockets finished the 2018-19 regular season campaign with a 53-29 overall record, which earned the team a No. 4 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. Unfortunately, though, Houston was defeated by the Golden State Warriors in the second round, 4-2.