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Nerlens Noel | Center/Forward | #3

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/10/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 220
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (6) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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Dirk Nowitzki said that he would "love" for the Mavericks to keep Nerlens Noel in Dallas.
There was a report last week that negations between the two sides are still ongoing, but there hasn't been much progress between Noel, who is a restricted free agent, and Dallas. "He’s so young and so athletic. I’d love to keep him," said Nowitzki in an interview over the weekend. "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." We'll have to wait to see which side blinks first. Aug 8 - 12:48 PM

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Dallas reporter Eddie Sefko said that negotiations between the Mavericks and Nerlens Noel are still ongoing.

Neither side is budging for now, but Sefko does expect a deal to be reached before training camp in September. However, the qualifying offer doesn't expire until Oct. 16, so this "staredown" could potentially last for several more weeks. There aren't many teams with the necessary cap space to pry the restricted free agent away from Dallas, so the Mavs appear to be in the driver's seat.
Source: SportsDay
Aug 3 - 10:45 AM

Happy Walters, the agent Nerlens Noel, said that he and his client are "waiting on a legitimate offer from the Mavs."

Noel is one of the best free agents still available on the open market. However, he is restricted, which means Dallas can simply match any offer he receives. That seems to be the Mavericks plan at the moment. This would prevent them from bidding against themselves. There is a possibility that Noel returns to Dallas for just one season in order to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Jul 21 - 1:51 PM

Nerlens Noel is "disappointed" with how contract negotiations have gone with the Mavericks.

"We're very disappointed with where things stand," Noel's agent, Happy Walters said. "Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we're still waiting on a serious offer." Noel is a restricted free agent, so Dallas will be able to match any offer he receives on the open market, but there are very few teams out there with both cap space and a need for a big man, so Dallas would be wise to wait this thing out. There likely won't be a resolution any time soon, but if an opposing offer doesn't come in and Noel doesn't like what Dallas offers, we could see him take the qualifying offer.
Source: Sports Day
Jul 18 - 3:06 PM

Nerlens Noel is reportedly "not close" to coming to terms on a deal with the Mavericks.

It sounds like the Mavs would like to sign Noel for less than the max, which is an understandable strategy considering not many teams out there have the cap space to offer Noel a max contract. Either way, the Mavs will be able to match any offer that Noel receives on the open market, so they'll probably wait for the market to dictate his price before offering him a big money deal.
Jul 12 - 9:37 AM

The Hawks have reportedly shown interest in restricted free agent Nerlens Noel.

The Mavs will be able to match any offer Noel receives on the open market, and they've stated on numerous occasions that retaining Noel will be a priority, so an opposing team might need to float him a max offer in order to steal him away from Dallas.
Jul 5 - 12:40 PM

According to Mavericks reporter Eddie Sefko, Nerlens Noel had a "great call" with the franchise and is excited to keep playing for them.

This means that Dallas will either match any offer he receives as a restricted free agent or that the two sides have already negotiated a deal. Nothing has been finalized yet, but we'll have an update when we know the details. Barring a late surprise, expect Noel to be wearing a Mavs uniform in 2017-18.
Jul 1 - 1:14 AM

Nerlens Noel has interest from "several" teams and will not limit talks to the Mavs, according to's Tim MacMahon.

The Mavs reportedly have strong interest to bring back Noel, and trading Justin Anderson for him at the deadline shows their commitment. Noel is still just 23 years old and the Mavs can match any offer from another team.
Jun 30 - 3:35 PM

While praising rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr., Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle cited his ability to "hit guys like Nerlens [Noel] on rolls."

The reference to Noel is interesting since he's a restricted free agent. The Mavs have identified him as a "priority" this offseason and it appears Carlisle plans to have him aboard next year. The most an opposing team can offer Noel is a four-year deal worth $108 million, which it sounds like Dallas would match.
Jun 28 - 8:09 PM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, re-signing Nerlens Noel is Dallas' offseason priority.

This has been reported several teams this offseason and it helps Noel's case to stay in Dallas with the Mavericks selecting PG Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9. The Mavericks monitored Noel's minutes during his short time in Dallas and he was a mild disappointment, but assuming his knee is 100 percent, his role should grow in 2017-18. Dallas could offer him a five-year max deal worth roughly $146 million, or they could match an opposing max offer sheet of four years at $108 million.
Jun 24 - 12:39 PM

Nerlens Noel will reportedly receive multiple max offer sheets from teams around the league this summer.

Noel will be a restricted free agent this summer, and the Mavs have said that they will make retaining him a priority, but keeping him could prove to be a costly endeavor. Dallas could offer him a five-year max deal worth roughly $146 million, or they could match an opposing max offer sheet of four years at $108 million. Noel is a quality power forward, but awarding a max deal to a guy with career averages of 10.0 points, 7.5 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.1 blocks per game would be risky.
Source: Scout
May 30 - 3:22 PM

Mark Cuban hinted that Nerlens Noel will re-sign with Dallas this summer.

"I'm not allowed to talk about [negotiations] but all I can tell you is he's one of a bunch of guys who came in, they all got together and said 'Let's go down to the practice facility and start working out together,'" Cuban said of the restricted free agent. "So they're down there now and so that's exciting to see, and he's part of that group." Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 22.0 minutes per game during his time in Dallas, but his knee wasn't 100 percent and the Mavs limited his minutes while they tanked down the stretch. An elite source of rebounds, blocks, steals and FG percentage, the 23-year-old center will be poised for a career year if he can stay healthy.
Source: SportsDay
May 22 - 9:40 AM

Dallas beat reporter Eddie Sefko said the Mavericks have "little concern" that Nerlens Noel will end up elsewhere.

Noel only averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 22.0 minutes per game as a Maverick, but he shot 57.5 percent from the field and 70.8 percent from the line. The Mavericks limited Noel's minutes because he was battling soreness in his surgically-repaired knee for most of the season and Dallas didn't have much to play for down the stretch, so it's safe to expect a lot more out of Noel in 2017-18 if the restricted free agent remains in Dallas.
May 7 - 1:10 PM

Nerlens Noel said he hopes to add 15-20 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Expect to hear similar sentiments expressed by many players in their exit interviews, as adding muscle is a popular offseason refrain. Noel weighed in at 220 pounds last season, so he could put on some weight, but he's also been injury prone so would need to be careful not to bulk up too much. Noel will be a restricted free agent this summer, and the Mavs plan on bringing him back; it's just a question of what kind of deal he can fetch on the open market, forcing Dallas to match.
Apr 15 - 9:59 AM

Nerlens Noel scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one block and one steal in 23 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

It is fair to say Noel hasn't quite lived up to expectations as a Mav, averaging 8.5 points, 6.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 turnovers in his previous 21 games. On the other hand, those defensive stats are gold, so fantasy owners should still be excited about the prospects of Noel likely returning to Big D next year.
Apr 12 - 11:33 PM