Nerlens Noel is limited by his restricted free agent status as he is engaged in a stare-down with the Dallas Mavericks. “We are waiting on a legitimate offer from the Mavs,” said Noel’s agent, Happy Walters. “Until that time, Nerlens is training in L.A. until camp opens.” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn’t appear to be budging and is expected to match any offer sheet that Noel could sign.
However, agent Happy Walters said the Mavericks have yet to come up with a realistic contract offer. "We're very disappointed with where things stand," Walters said. "Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we're still waiting on a serious offer."
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.
Tim Cato: Nerlens Noel is here in Vegas and getting a lot of love from Mavericks staff, including Mark Cuban.
Paul Garcia: After acquiring McBob, the Mavs have close to $16.2 million in cap space while keeping Noel QO, Harris & Mejri.
Alex Kennedy: The Hawks have shown interest in restricted free agent Nerlens Noel, according to sources. The Mavericks can match any offer sheet.
Eddie Sefko: Mavericks in the midst of negotiations with Nerlens Noel. But mostly a waiting game right now. No reason 2 panic, but slow process.
The Mavericks made the call to Noel and agent Happy Walters shortly after the negotiating period opened at 11:01 p.m. Friday night. Said Cuban: "We had a great call with Nerlens. He is excited to continue to play with the Mavs. We can't comment more than that, but it went well."
That would seem to indicate that the Mavericks are optimistic that they will keep their 23-year-old center. However, nothing is finalized at this point. Teams have until Thursday to negotiate before contracts can officially be signed.
Eddie Sefko: Source says Mavericks had "a great call" with Nerlens Noel & that he's excited to continue to play for the Mavericks. But nothing finalized.
Eddie Sefko: Mavericks will conduct business with Nerlens Noel/Happy Walters via phone when negotiations can begin in 68 minutes. Respecting agent wishes
Nerlens Noel has interest from "several" teams and will not limit talks to the Mavs, a source said. Dallas has strong interest in re-signing the restricted free agent center, according to sources.
Two more free agents have become restricted as a result of receiving qualifying offers from their respective clubs. According to RealGM’s transactions log, the Mavericks have tendered a qualifying offer to Nerlens Noel, while the Jazz have given a QO to Joe Ingles.
Marc Stein: Re-signing Nerlens Noel, league sources say, is Dallas' offseason priority, far ahead of their long-anticipated interest in UFA Jrue Holiday
Mike Fisher: #Mavs view on FA 'clear,' source tells me: @Nerlens Noel is 'only priority.' Wont 'chase big fish,' but rather, focus on developmentl talent
A source from another NBA team (not the Mavs) tells me that there will be "multiple'' clubs willing to pay Noel his max once he hits the restricted-free-agent market on July 1. And just so there is no confusion as to what that "max'' is: Assuming the cap at $101 million, as the NBA is expecting, Noel's contract can start at 25 percent of the cap with eight-percent annual raises. That equals $25.25 mil as his starting salary and about $146.45 million over five years.
So, if my league source is correct, Noel is about to get a $108.575 payday if Dallas balks at paying him ... because somebody else will do so.
"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 14, 2021 | 7:58 pm EDT Update
The NBA’s Competition Committee met Monday to further explore rule changes to restrict the unnatural motions surrounding jump shots that players are using to draw fouls, sources told ESPN. The league wants to limit the ability of players — including crafty stars like James Harden, Luka Doncic and Trae Young — to lean backward and sideways, for example — to initiate contact and get to the free throw line.
The NBA has shared a video compilation of player examples with the 30 teams that outlines a number of motions deemed unnatural that were used to draw fouls. The NBA and the Competition Committee will drill down on specific plays with the league’s GMs next week to target examples that’ll be recommended to owners to vote to eliminate next season, sources said.
There’s growing belief that many of these maneuvers are contributing to a game that’s slanting too much of an advantage toward the offense. While the concentration of these issues is often focused on star players getting much more usage and exposure with the ball, the league sees this as a universal problem throughout lineups and rosters — not only an issue for star players.
The NBA and Competition Committee — comprising a select group of owners, general managers, coaches, players and referees — largely believes there’s a framework of rules that allows offensive players too much free time to initiate contact in what are deemed unnatural and awkward ways.