Nerlens Noel signs 1-year offer to remain with Mavericks

Former Kentucky Wildcat Nerlens Noel reportedly down $66 million after signing new contract

Former Kentucky Wildcat Nerlens Noel reportedly down $66 million after signing new contract

Nerlens Noel has agreed to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks on a qualifying offer worth US$4.1 million (AU$5.1 million) for the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season.

Restricted free agent Nerlens Noel has finally agreed to resign with the #Dallas Mavericks after not getting the major offer he was hoping for in free agency.

There's still a chance Noel and the Mavs can come to an agreement on a long-term deal next offseason, but this summer's negotiations may have soured their relationship to the point where a reconciliation may be hard to achieve. However, the two sides remained far apart on contract negotiations, forcing Noel to stay in Dallas for another year.

Noel entered the summer as a Restricted Free Agent (RFA). He was unable to get an acceptable multiyear deal from the Mavs and did not agree to an offer sheet from another team. As a result of Noel's demand, the Mavericks pulled their offer and it was no longer on the table by the time he had finally signed. However, Noel reportedly was offered a 4-year, $70 million deal when free agency began on July 1. "We're very disappointed with where things stand. Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we're still waiting on a serious offer".

Noel, who averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 22 games with the Mavericks last season, was one of the few high-profile free agents left on the market, but it appears no one was willing to take a gamble on the former No. 6 overall pick. If Noel has a breakout season, several teams will line up for his services next July.

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