The Dallas Mavericks has reportedly offered Nerlens Noel a salary that would amount to $17.5 million annually but at the end, the lanky center turned it down.
Apparently, Noel believes he’s a max guy worth 23-25 million a year but one of his peers does not share the same sentiment.
👀 My guy needs better friends and advisors in his circle https://t.co/YI6Zwko6Dd
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) August 24, 2017
Noel, a restricted free agent, was already frustrated by negotiations back in July before parting ways with agent Happy Walters and hiring Rich Paul. He averaged 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22 games with Dallas last season after being shipped over from Philadelphia.
The big man out of Kentucky must want a deal closer to the one Steven Adams signed with the Thunder this offseason worth $100 million over four years. Noel, based on averages per-36-minutes played, is a more effective player with 14.0 points and 11.2 rebounds compared to Adams’ 13.6 and 9.2, respectively.
Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for the Dallas Morning News, doesn’t expect headway to be made on Noel’s contract until early September.
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