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Nerlens Noel Returning to Oklahoma City Thunder

Source: Cooper Neill/Getty Images North America

Source: Cooper Neill/Getty Images North America

The first BBNBA free agent domino to fall is former Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Noel has agreed to a deal that will keep him playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The money and length of the contract have yet to be announced.

Last summer, Noel signed a two-year, $3.7 million deal with a player option in year two. His plan was to establish himself as a desirable center even in today’s trigger happy NBA then hit free agency this summer looking to lock up a long term deal. As a backup behind Steven Adams on the Thunder in 2018-19, Noel averaged 4.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in 77 total appearances.

We’ll have the updated specifics on his deal as soon as they are announced.

UPDATE (8:10): While terms of the deal have still yet to be reported, Noel posted this to his Instagram story.

(Via Nerlens Noel Instagram)

*Curious face looking upward emoji*

UPDATE NO. 2 (10:32): Adrian Wojnarowski is now saying that Noel is asking the Thunder to “re-evaluate their earlier commitment”.

This is officially confusing.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR