Dallas Mavericks: Comparing Center Contracts to Nerlens Noel
By Kohl Rast
As we continue our wait for the Dallas Mavericks and Nerlens Noel to both sign the armistice, let’s take a look at what other centers around the league are making over the next few years.
The Dallas Mavericks are still at a stand-still in contract talks with Nerlens Noel with no sign of change still to this day. Summer League basketball is over now, and the fact that there is still no word on a looming deal is a bit worrisome.
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Nevertheless, we shall not fret as Mavs fans. The deal with Nerlens Noel is going to come and Dallas is going to be able to breathe again, but the day is not today. For now, let’s talk about what kind of money Noel should be entitled to and what may be a little farfetched.
First off, Nerlens Noel can make close to $25 million in the first year. With annual raises, the Mavs could offer Noel somewhere in the ballpark of a 5-year, $140-ish million contract. If they are matching an offer from another team, a max offer sheet would be closer to a 4-year, $108-ish million deal. By the looks of things so far, however, an offer sheet may not be coming Noel’s way.
Although this is really surprising, the other teams may see the futility of doing so, knowing Dallas is ready to match any offer that is made for Noel, hoping that his price will stay a little lower. His agent is still fighting it, but the Mavs may be the best offer on the table at this point.
So, to understand the value of Noel a little better, let’s take a look at other centers around the league and their contract values. Since there are not really any players in the league that can be fully compared to Noel, we will take a look at a few different criteria.