Nerlens Noel signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has signed a one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer to remain with the Mavs, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Despite earlier reports that Noel was looking for a max contract, that clearly didn’t pan out.
Haynes reported that a $17 million offer, which had also been reported, was “non-existent in any form.”
Nerlens Noel signs 1-year, $4.1 million QO to return to Mavs, league sources tell ESPN. Reported $17M “offer ” was non-existent in any form.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 26, 2017
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, however, claims that Noel was offered a big contract in July, but turned it down.
Nerlens Noel clearly betting on himself with acceptance of $4.1M QO. He turned down 4-year, $70M Mavs offer made on July 1, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2017
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.
Noel is just 23 years old and in his fourth NBA season.