Noel will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Does he view the season’s stretch as a chance to showcase himself? “I’m just playing basketball and having fun,” he said. “If that means showcase, then that’s fine, but I think I’m going out there just doing what I love to do.”
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When opening up about his upcoming summer, Noel wants to head into the offseason with a clear head. “Definitely just an open mindset. Different type of free agency. Little more broad now,” Noel said in reference to being an unrestricted free agent. “Once this summer ends I’ll be working harder than I’ve ever worked. Just growing in this league and being older. Getting the priorities right and evolving. My mindset has only grown stronger in what I really want in life and want from this game. Right when the season ends I will strictly be working on my game and staying to myself and just letting things play out.”
On if he can see himself in a Mavs jersey next season, Noel said he would definitely be open to it. “I can’t say I can’t. I will definitely be open. I am excited to see how the season ends and see what we can make happen,” Noel said.
“Definitely just an open mindset. Different type of free agency. Little more broad now,” Noel said in reference to being an unrestricted free agent. “Once this summer ends I’ll be working harder than I’ve ever worked. Just growing in this league and being older. Getting the priorities right and evolving. My mindset has only grown stronger in what I really want in life and want from this game. Right when the season ends I will strictly be working on my game and staying to myself and just letting things play out.”
Except Noel rejected the deal. Then in August, he fired his agent, Happy Walters, and replaced him with Rich Paul, whose playbook is to push for larger deals, and to hold off on signing long-term extensions until the player has the leverage, especially with guys as young as Noel (23). There were reports at the time that Noel was pushing for a max deal. A league source adamantly told B/R recently, though, that those reports were incorrect and that there was actually no dialogue whatsoever with the Mavericks after the agency change.
Do he and Paul push for a trade after he returns from injury—and is there even a team willing to surrender assets for a player it knows could demand a $100 million deal this summer? It will be months before we get answers. For now, all Noel can do is sit back and wait. “I most definitely don’t regret anything. I’m not nervous because I know my abilities,” he told Bleacher Report. “I know what I’m capable of. I know what I can get on the court any time, day or night, and do. It’s simply getting the opportunity to show it.”
Where is Nerlens Noel going to have the surgery? In Cleveland, hometown of LeBron James and a headquarters for agent Rich Paul, who reps both LeBron and Noel and yeah, it’s kind of an open secret now that the fellas are plotting ways to end up together, maybe next July 1 via free agency to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Emiliano Carchia: Mavs officially re-sign Nerlens Noel
At the time, Dorcina expressed her love for Dallas and her hopes of moving here to be closer to Nerlens and help him continue to acclimate to NBA life. On Saturday, I phoned Dorcina to ask if Nerlens’ decision to sign for one season might alter her plans. Dorcina had spent most of the last two months in her native Haiti, with a stopover on her way back home to Delaware to check on a sick relative in Miami. Dorcina was unaware of Nerlens’ decision, although he was due to arrive later Saturday to discuss his contract and the ramifications. “He told me two weeks ago he’s willing to sign for four years with Dallas, but they’re not giving him much money for four years,” Dorcina said. “He told me he was asking for about $22 million a year, but Dallas refused to give it to him. “He told me, ‘If Dallas gives me $20 million, I’m going to be there because they love me there. I said, ‘Yeah, I love it there, too.'”
“He told me if Dallas signed him for four years, ‘Mom, when you move there, I’m going to buy [the house] for you.’ Because I need to stay for life there. “You know the problem is? When he signs his deal for one year, I don’t think I’m going to move there for one year. I don’t like back-and-forth, back-and-forth moving, you know?”
CJ McCollum: My apologies . Keep those friends and advisors
Noel never revisited the initial four-year deal that was declined in early July, according to Cuban, which the Mavericks may have still honored if Noel had a change of heart. “[It’s] hard to say,” Cuban told SB Nation. “We never got there.”
However, the salary cap may not rise next season, likely leading to a depressed free agency market that may prove difficult for any player to garner max offers. Several Mavericks teammates believe Noel should have taken the original offer. “They think he should of taken the [$17 million],” one source close to the team told me. “That’s a good number for him. But if he’s willing to risk it and bet on himself, you can’t knock someone looking for their first big bag of money.”
Happy Walters: @ChrisBHaynes You can’t rewrite history for @richpaul4. @mcuban offered a 4 year $70m deal and Nerlens passed. #diligencetweets
Adrian Wojnarowski: Nerlens Noel clearly betting on himself with acceptance of $4.1M QO. He turned down 4-year, $70M Mavs offer made on July 1, sources say.
Chris Haynes: Nerlens Noel signs 1-year, $4.1 million QO to return to Mavs, league sources tell ESPN. Reported $17M “offer ” was non-existent in any form.
Steve Kyler: Noel turned down a deal in the $17.5m per year range. Not sure changing agents changes the math on him. 10pts 7.5rebs as a career
Nerlens Noel has hired Rich Paul of Klutch Sports for his representation. Noel is in the middle of a drawn out restricted free agency with the Dallas Mavericks. Klutch Sports has worked with a number of clients on lengthy restricted free agency periods such as Eric Bledsoe and Tristan Thompson.
Mike Fisher: ALERT: Source: #Mavs Nerlens Noel is CONSIDERING agent change from Happy Walters. Dan Fegan NOT presently involved, contrary to rumors.
“He’s so young and so athletic. I’d love to keep him,” Nowitzki said. “I’m sure that is what the Mavs are thinking. … We obviously traded for him last year with the hope he will stay with this franchise for a long time. “I understand the business side of it. He’s a restricted free agent. I’m sure [Mavericks owner] Mark [Cuban] and [general manager] Donnie [Nelson], the leaders of the franchise, are trying to play the right business move. We’ll have to wait to see how it all ends up.”
Noel is a restricted free agent who has yet to sign with any team. If he were to sign a contract sheet with another team, the Mavericks would have the opportunity to match. “He’s so young and so athletic. I’d love to keep him,” Nowitzki said. “I’m sure that is what the Mavs are thinking. … We obviously traded for him last year with the hope he will stay with this franchise for a long time. “I understand the business side of it. He’s a restricted free agent. I’m sure [Mavericks owner] Mark [Cuban] and [general manager] Donnie [Nelson], the leaders of the franchise, are trying to play the right business move. We’ll have to wait to see how it all ends up.”
The only hitch in that outlook is getting Noel signed to a new contract, which doesn’t look like it’s going to happen soon. “We’re looking forward to the future and the whole Noel situation is a little unfortunate I think,” Nowitzki said. “We traded for him to keep him for the long run. I’m not sure what the latest is there, but I’m hoping that things will work out and he’s coming back to the Mavs and we’d have a crew that at times can be very athletic — when I’m out of the game.
“We’re looking forward to the future and the whole Noel situation is a little unfortunate I think,” Nowitzki said. “We traded for him to keep him for the long run. I’m not sure what the latest is there, but I’m hoping that things will work out and he’s coming back to the Mavs and we’d have a crew that at times can be very athletic — when I’m out of the game.”
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 and the Mavericks are “not close” to a deal, several league sources tell me.
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.
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“Last summer, they could have acquired Paul George. ” said Adrian Wojnarowski on the Adam Schefter podcast. “I think Paul George wanted to know, ‘if LeBron commits to some years going forward, then I might be willing to commit.’ “When LeBron wasn’t willing to commit to an extension, that told me, they could have had Paul George without losing Kyrie. That’s a very different team: Kyrie Irving, Paul George and LeBron James. “When he wasn’t ready to do that then, Cleveland was worried and rightly so.”
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors GM Bobby Webster (from his @TSN1050Radio interview this morning) on RFA Fred VanVleet: “He’s a huge priority. I don’t want to get fined here, we’re a little limited in what we can say, but we love Freddy and he knows that. He is our highest priority.”
Multiple NBA teams are, as one source put it, “comfortable with the risks” involving drafting Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. despite his injury history, which this week caused the on-again postponement of a workout today in Chicago. And yes, the Dallas Mavericks, I’m told, are among those “comfortable-with-the-risks” teams.
After last week’s workout, the Mavs came away thinking of Porter Jr. as a top-three talent and “extremely impressive.” There is a continuing idea that Porter Jr. — as a shooter and a scorer — can be Durant-like, or Dirk-like. And the Mavs crave that “transcendent” prospect. They are not alone, however. One source tells me the Chicago Bulls (at No. 7) would love to see Porter fall to them. And Sacramento (at 2) and Memphis (at 4) have him in play, too.
Porter was able to work out for teams on Friday after a hip injury scare, but the workout did not completely allay fears about Porter’s injury history. He had back surgery in November, and there is ample concern, according to front office sources, that Porter will be an injury question mark throughout his NBA career, at least in his early years.
Ayton declared himself the No. 1 pick after his workout with the Suns, and all indications are that Phoenix will choose him first. The Suns have looked at other candidates for this spot, and there is always a chance (however slim) that the top pick could be moved. Not likely, though. Ayton has a lot riding on going first because he has only worked out for the Suns, and a source noted that he will not work out for any other team before the draft.