Question: Do you think Nerlens just ends up signing a qualifying offer at this point or a max contract or something in between? Sefko: Something in between. I don’t see him taking the [qualifying] offer. That money could be made up on the back end, but still, at his age and with the knee history, that’s a gamble that he doesn’t need to take. The Mavericks will continue to play hardball with their offer since the other options appear to be dried up for Noel.
Storyline: Nerlens Noel Free Agency
The Portland Trail Blazers’ starting shooting guard will participate in NBA Africa Game 2017, the second exhibition matchup sponsored by the NBA in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game, scheduled for Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome, will feature Team Africa vs. Team World in a matchup that will include players from across the NBA. McCollum will play on Team World, which also will include DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis and captains Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker, among others. They will face a team comprised of NBA players who are first-and second-generation Africans, including Luol Deng, Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka and Victor Oladipo.