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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
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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

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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

Nerlens Noel scored eight points with nine rebounds in 14 minutes on 4-of-6 shooting vs. the Spurs on Friday.

Noel wasn't the only starter who saw a limited workload, as Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes all played less than 18 minutes. Noel has struggled with knee soreness this season, so the Mavs may continue to take it easy on him with nothing left to play for except lottery balls.
Apr 7 - 11:56 PM

Nerlens Noel moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Kings, finishing with nine points (3-of-4 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 21 minutes.

Noel was well on his way to a monster outing, but coach Rick Carlisle inexplicably went away from him in the fourth quarter. There's a chance that the Mavs were monitoring his minutes since they play again on Wednesday vs. the Clippers, so hopefully the low workload means Noel will be active again.
Apr 5 - 1:55 AM

Nerlens Noel will start for the Mavericks on Tuesday night.

He's been coming off the bench, but the Mavs are resting guys and shaking things up. Dorian Finney-Smith will come off the bench in this one and the Mavs will start Yogi Ferrell, Nicholas Brussino, Harrison Barnes, Dwight Powell and Noel tonight. Given that the tank and rest-fest is on in Dallas, it will be hard to trust most of them going forward.
Apr 4 - 10:22 PM

Nerlens Noel played just 19 minutes vs. Milwaukee, finishing with six points on 3-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, three steals and two assists.

He finished with four fouls and got a quick hook from coach Rick Carlisle after a few of them. "I'm not going to take my foot off the gas," Carlisle said. "The guys that are playing are going to be responsible for playing the right way." Noel's minutes have been hovering in the low- to mid-20s lately, but his uncanny knack for defensive stats are supporting his fantasy value.
Apr 2 - 7:50 PM

Nerlens Noel scored 10 points with six rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 24 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

It's tough to gauge what the plan is for Noel going forward. On the one hand, the Mavs want to experiment with him at center, but on the other there is talk of rest next week. Noel's fantasy owners should just keep him going until further notice.
Apr 1 - 12:48 AM

Nerlens Noel stuffed the stat sheet on Monday vs. the Thunder with 15 points, eight rebounds, one assist, four steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.

There we go. Noel had a nightmare showing against the Raptors Saturday, but he's now posted two monster lines over his last three games. As good as Seth Curry (shoulder) is, it may have helped Noel that the Mavs deployed two pass-first point guards in Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea tonight. He finished 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line and was even showing off his new mid-range jumper, so the future looks bright for Noel in Dallas.
Mar 28 - 12:02 AM

Nerlens Noel scored three points in 25 minutes as a starter against the Raptors on Saturday, adding eight rebounds and one block.

Not a great start to the experiment. The Mavs want to figure out what Noel can do on the offensive end and how he can develop with Seth Curry, but it'll definitely be a work in progress with Curry not having the same PNR experience as his bro, Stephen. Still, Noel should be a lot better than this and should be starting in all standard leagues.
Mar 26 - 12:01 AM

Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs are in "experimental mode" with Nerlens Noel as a starting center.

In addition to Carlisle saying the Mavs "need" to look at Seth Curry as a PG, he added he wants to see how Curry and Noel go together. Noel did have a strong game on Thursday, so he should be getting some good run as the Mavs figure out where he is as a roll man with a 3-pointers guy. He should be starting in all formats tonight.
Mar 25 - 7:11 PM

Nerlens Noel scored eight points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks against the Clippers on Thursday.

That's more like it. Noel played terrific defense on Blake Griffin throughout this game, so that should help coach Rick Carlisle play him big minutes. He only played 19.0 minutes per game over his last three, but now that should change after this important win. Noel should start trending up and flirt with early-round value.
Mar 24 - 12:02 AM