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Nene signs six-year, $60M contract with Nuggets

Updated: July 20, 2006, 6:55 PM ET
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DENVER -- Long-term commitment means a lot to Nuggets power forward Nene, who got married in his native Brazil two weeks ago and signed a six-year, $60 million contract to stay in Denver on Thursday.

"I want to be like [Karl] Malone," Nene said of the consummate power forward who played 18 of his 19 NBA seasons in Utah.

"We want you to be like Malone, also," interjected Mark Warkentien, the Nuggets' director of player personnel.

Nene, a 23-year-old center with career ...

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