“I definitely feel like I’m in a position to be a long-term situation here,” said Noel, who admits he was frustrated as part of The Process-created center logjam with the 76ers. “There are a lot of things that come into it, but I’m definitely comfortable in the system. I’m going to continue to grow as this season ends and continue to capitalize on my opportunities and maybe even get more opportunities.” The Mavs see shades of Chandler in Noel: the length, the lean frame, the lift, the finishes on lobs and the knack for doing the little things on defense.
But the Mavs are more than willing to pay the going price for a big man who fits well, can protect the rim, provide the vertical element necessary for Carlisle's pick-and-roll-heavy offense to hum and has plenty of room to grow. "I definitely feel like I'm in a better position here," Noel said. "I'm trying to maximize it. It's definitely a good position to fulfill my potential. I'm going to continue to show Coach I can be in the game more and make a difference. I think that will take care of itself in due time."
Noel has languished for three years in Philadelphia, unable to get consistent playing time with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid ahead of him. But he showed promise as a D-and-rebounding big man who has a decent midrange shot, and Dallas was able to get him at the low cost of two second-rounders and Justin Anderson. The only reason he was so cheap was that he is an impending restricted free agent who the Sixers did not intend to keep, not with a projected cost of around $90 million, according to league executives. That won’t be the case in Dallas, which has made clear to Noel that it will match any offer he gets this summer.
Coach Prince: Hope Bryan re-evaluates who he thinks should be part of the future and see Noel>Okafor. - Steve Kyler: I know people want to believe Nerlens would be OK staying, but barring a MAX deal from the 76ers, he wants to move on from my understanding
Teams are wary about Noel. He's in the final season of his rookie deal. So a team that acquires him would most likely make him a restricted free agent by extending a qualifying offer at season's end. However, that team would have to match any offer a team extends in free agency to keep him. If the new team doesn't match the offer, it basically would have traded for an end-of-the-season rental.
Jake Fischer: Per multiple sources, Sixers center and impending free agent Nerlens Noel has left Andy Miller, ASM Sports. Expected to sign with Dan Fagen.
Jeff Goodman: Sixers and Nerlens Noel, as you'd expect given Philly's frontcourt logjam, not currently talking about an extension, source told ESPN. Noel is among the 2013 first-round picks eligible for an extension by Monday's midnight deadline, but deal is considered highly unlikely now.
June 19, 2021 | 2:26 am EDT Update
For the first time in their 51-year history, the Clippers are going to the Western Conference finals, and they did it the only way this star-crossed franchise could do it — the hard way. Falling behind by 25 in the opening seconds of the third quarter, the Clippers mounted a furious, historic comeback, going on an improbable 75-40 run to eliminate the Utah Jazz with a 131-119 win and advance to face the Phoenix Suns.
The Clippers, who trailed by 22 at the half, completed the largest halftime comeback in a series-clinching win in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. They’re also the first team to erase a 20-plus-point deficit in a series-clinching win over the past 25 seasons.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue said the Clippers’ fan base has been “starving.” Walking through Staples concourse after the game, fans were celebrating walking out of each section jumping, cheering and chanting “Let’s Go Clippers!” Felt like 51 seasons of heartache and frustration being released at once
Michael Scotto: Paul George on the Clippers going to their first Western Conference Finals: “It was a special night. You felt the monkey off of the Clippers’ back in terms of getting out of the second round.”
Eric Walden: Mike: “Once Terance Mann started hitting 3s and getting to the rim, that changed the game. Reggie Jackson finishing at the rim was tough. We needed to help each other, and we were a step or two slow on every rotation. And you can’t do that in a hostile environment on the road.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Pat Bev: “I was here when we were 8th seed, celebrating just to get into the playoffs… to finish a game like this, to make history, it’s special because blood, sweat and tears into this shit. Injuries, friends getting traded…to be last man standing + write history is special”