One of the most drawn out deals of this offseason has finally been concluded as the Dallas Mavericks have agreed to re-sign Nerlens Noel, according to ESPN.
The Mavs have been desperate to tie the big man down throughout the summer but talks dragged on as both parties were unable to find a suitable agreement.
The athletic center impressed the team significantly after being traded to Dallas from the Philadelphia 76ers in February.
Noel has now signed a one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer to return to Texas next season but will become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
The 23-year-old grew so frustrated with how the negotiations were progressing that he recently fired his agent and hired Rich Paul, the representative of LeBron James and multiple other NBA stars.
The former Sixers man turned to Paul after his previous agent was unable to fashion a multi-year deal with the Mavericks.
Reports suggested that he had turned down an offer from the franchise worth $70m over four years, but according to sources close to the player, that deal was non-existant.
But the player's former agent refuted that claim and said that Noel declined the deal. According to SB Nation's Tim Cato, Mark Cuban and the Mavs still could’ve honoured that four-year deal had Noel changed his mind.
But Noel never reconsidered the offer, so the Mavs also never got the chance to make that choice.
“[It’s] hard to say,” Cuban told SB Nation. “We never got there.”
The former Kentucky man is believed to have wanted a max deal from Dallas but that's something they were unwilling to do.
So he has agreed to the one-year deal on the instructions of Paul with the guarantee that he'll hit the open market again next year.
Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steal in 22 minutes per game for the Mavericks after arriving at the trade deadline.
He was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Sixers but never got to showcase his talents often enough in Philadelphia during a difficult period with the organisation.
His athleticism, mobility, rim protection and high motor make him a valuable player in this era as its rare to see bigs who can run the floor and provide a spark on both ends of the floor.
Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers has made a successful career out of similar traits and Noel surely sees him as the benchmark and wants to earn a similar salary.
But in order to do that he must firmly establish himself in the league and have a consistent campaign under his belt.
He will have a tremendous opportunity to put himself in the shop window with the Mavericks and command serious attention next summer.News Now - Sport News