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Nerlens Noel’s contract is significantly lower than 2017 offer

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Nerlens Noel needs a time machine to take him back to last summer. It was around this time last year that Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks offered Noel a four-year, $70 million contract — to which he respectfully declined. Noel instead signed a one-year deal for $4.1 million, in hopes of attracting much larger options this summer as an unrestricted free agent on the market. The former Wildcat intended to have a big 2017-18 season in Dallas, one that would then have all 30 teams eyeing him for a big payday this summer. That did not happen, and Noel’s plan backfired in a major way.

On Monday, Noel signed his new deal as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018; however, it’s nowhere near what he anticipated when he gambled on himself last season. It’s not even close to the Mavericks’ original offer of $70 million over four years.

No, Noel’s new contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder is reportedly worth only $3.5 million over two years, which is the league veteran minimum. So instead of earning $17.5 million per year for four years in Dallas, he’s earning $1.75 million per year for two years in OKC.

I bet he’d like to have that decision back.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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16 Comments for Nerlens Noel’s contract is significantly lower than 2017 offer

  1. bigbluebanana
    6:12 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Ouch. At least he believed in himself and took the risk? Maybe he can finally break through in OKC next year. Pulling for him!

    • mashburnfan1
      6:30 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

      He is what he is and always has been. Very good rim protector and very little on offense. I was amazed they offered him that much and was floored when he said no. Whoever gave him advice, and himself for making the decision, are not very smart. I know average players are getting big money as owners are forced to spend x amount each year but he will never get that opportunity, just not good enough.

    • bigbluebanana
      7:32 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

      I think you’re likely correct (bet you never thought I’d say that would you mashfan?), but maybe, just maybe all this makes him realize who he is, and drives him to get better and work harder.

    • mashburnfan1
      10:47 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

      Hope so, always hope UK guys do well. If he is willing to put in the work and get a mid jumper and some post moves he could make that money later, I just don’t think it will happen. However I never thought Bigblue would agree with me either so you never know……lol

  2. ScottGreene22
    6:19 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Moral of the story never turn down a guaranteed 70 mil for 4 years!!!

  3. Catcasey1
    6:27 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    And fire ur fn agent

    • mashburnfan1
      6:32 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

      Agent probably wanted him to take it, look at the money he was going to get. Don’t know who made the decision but even if agent suggested it he still works for you.

    • Bourbon and Blue
      7:47 am July 3, 2018 Permalink

      If I remember correctly, he did fire his agent during the free agency period where he was offered the 17mil. His initial agent thought he could get more, after he realized he couldnt he fired his agent (Happy Walters) and hired Lebron’s agent (Rich Paul).

  4. NashvilleCat92
    6:48 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Man, you’ve gotta be high not to take that money.. I hope he succeeds in OKC. Hopefully him, Dakari, and Patrick can all get reps.

    • Duuuuuude
      10:33 am July 3, 2018 Permalink

      Well, I think you just found the problem. lol

  5. Kat4Life
    6:57 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Not to pile on, but even without the benefit of hindsight that was an asinine decision for an injury-prone, one dimensional player. His agent should indeed be fired if he supported that call.

    • Luether
      9:28 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

      Agree! An absolutely stupid decision…

  6. BigBlue4EverUK
    6:57 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink


  7. ziplock
    7:53 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    The agent was Happy Walters and on Twitter he confirmed that it was Nerlens that said no.

    9:32 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    A brain-dead decision like that from Noel is equivalent to Kyrie Irving’s “flat Earth” statement….it makes you ashamed he was ever at your school. At the very LEAST, even if only at school for the 1 “year”, these guys should have money management force-fed to them. There’s simply no excuse to be that stupid, when there’s millions of $$ at stake.

  9. bigblue2284
    9:29 am July 3, 2018 Permalink

    Never was a fan of Noel’s game. He is an athletic rim protector that has no offensive skills period. When he was at UK he was completely over hyped which is why they were an NIT team, even before he went out they were awful.