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.
Nerlens Noel has agreed to a deal to return to the Thunder, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
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.
*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”.
Free agent Nerlens Noel has asked OKC for time to re-evaluate their earlier commitment on a new deal, and sides are continuing discussions, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
This is officially confusing.