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Nerlens Noel may get a max contract this summer

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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for Nerlens Noel may get a max contract this summer



  1. CatsfaninFL
    1:12 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

    So glad he got out of that dumpster fi.. Philly…I mean Philly.



    • bhb71
      1:17 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

      It’s a shame that they drafted him early in the tanking process and traded him right as things were starting to look up. I don’t see their organization as being as much of a dumpster fire as the Nets or the Knicks because at least they seem to have a plan to get better.



    • CatsfaninFL
      1:44 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

      No doubt… they’re definitely coming out of the darkness, but he was buried there and was never going to live up to any potential because of how they drafted year after year.



  2. JusSayin
    1:22 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

    I’m a huge Nerlens fan… But if he is a max deal contract player then who isn’t? This essentially sets the precedent that every starter with any kind of upside is a max deal player.

    (Not a knock on Nerlens. We live in a free market economy so whatever someone is willing to pay him is what he’s worth. Good for him.)

    • All big time sports throw around crazy money these days, no doubt. And that includes college coaching, when a$$i$tant coache$ can now make 7 figure$.



    • CatsfaninFL
      1:46 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

      I’d say this goes to more along the lines of you can’t teach height. Nerlen’s still has a long way to go offensively, but defensively he’s a great piece to have on your team. Not to mention he’s a team player and a great person off the court so you’re more willing to gamble because you know his heads in the right place. If multiple teams are willing to pay him max $$, then he must worth it.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      1:50 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

      Nerlens has shown he can say reasonably healthy now. He’s shown he can behave classily even in the worst circumstances (Philly). He’s shown that he can be a defensive force. And, finally, he’s still has huge untapped offensive potential. The future is bright for him.

  3. The contract should mandate that he brings back the flat top. I miss the flat top feller!



  4. Angelo
    1:56 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

    Great guy! So glad he recovered from that knee injury.



  5. chris43
    1:56 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

    I can’t see him as a man contract guy. But being at Philly for so long and the tanking process it’d be hard to show true improvement and potential. In my eyes he’s a quality NBA player on the defensive end but not a max contract type player. But hey big fella go get that money and wrack up! Happy for ya! Another UK about to sign a big fat second contract in the league!



  6. RealCatsFan
    4:18 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Nerlens is a hard worker and quality human being. He deserves it – so glad for him.