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Nerlens Noel signs with Thunder

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel has a new NBA home, his third since launching his professional career in 2013.

Noel signed a two-year deal to join the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he will suit up with Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and two other fellow Wildcats in Patrick Patterson and Dakari Johnson. The deal includes a player option in Year 2.

Noel spent the past season and a half in Dallas, where he averaged a career-low 15 minutes per game in 2017-18, and was hit with a five-game suspension for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program in April.

Hopefully his future with the Thunder will provide a fresh start and he can get back to being the exciting rim protector we know he can be, while contributing on a Western Conference contender.

Good luck to him.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

10 Comments for Nerlens Noel signs with Thunder



  1. Catcasey1
    3:12 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Got to get his head on straight first and foremost



  2. ukwildcat1991
    3:40 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Billy Donovan must like kentucky players



    • Peas and Carrots
      4:10 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

      He doesn’t sign the players, just coaches them.



    • Soylentbeans
      4:18 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

      You know coaches help make those decisions right?



    • bigbluebanana
      4:44 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

      I think billy has always been a fan of UK, and I’m sure he has plenty of say so about who they bring in



  3. JamesMaizefracturer
    4:43 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Already sleeping on Diallo.



    • binarysolo
      4:46 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

      Oh shoot, I slept on Hami too in this post. Good catch.



  4. binarysolo
    4:46 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    They must have real good hotdogs in that arena.



  5. Ninjashock
    5:23 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    This is actually pretty disappointing to me. Noel will come off the bench behind Steven Adams in OKC and probably won’t do much better than 15-18 mins per game. He could’ve gone to Washington, played with Wall and started.



  6. Luether
    8:55 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    My sources say that Noel is lacking great desire. Hopefully, this change in scenery will snap him out of it…