The Dallas Mavericks would like to keep Nerlens Noel as its permanent center for the near future, but the franchise will have to cut a big check if it plans to keep him around.
Noel will be a restricted free agent this summer, and there are reports out there that multiple NBA teams are willing to give the former Wildcat a max deal for his services.
DallasBasketball.com writes, “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.”
So whether Dallas coughs up the big money to keep him around, or if another team gives him an offer he cannot refuse, it’s looking like Nerlens Noel will sign a very big deal this summer, somewhere in the neighborhood of $110 million over four years, at the very least. It could be even higher if Dallas gives him the max.
That’s not too bad for the kid whose mother, Dorcina, worked double shifts to make ends meet when Nerlens was a child.