(Reuters) - The Denver Nuggets have re-signed free agent center Nene, a model of consistency since overcoming injury and cancer, the National Basketball Association (NBA) team said on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-11 Nene, a seventh overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds last season while leading the NBA in field-goal percentage.
"Quality big men are hard to find, but we feel we have one of the best," Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said in a statement. "Not only is he a great player, but he is a great person who will be part of our roster for years to come."
The 29-year-old Brazilian overcame major obstacles to become a dominant NBA big man. Nene missed all but one game of the 2005-06 season with a serious knee injury and was diagnosed with testicular cancer midway through the 2007-08 campaign.
In the three seasons since beating cancer, Nene, who was drafted by the New York Knicks but dealt immediately to Denver, has played in 234 of 246 games.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)