After much drama surrounding the Nerlens Noel free agency, Noel has elected to sign his qualifying offer for this season.
The Dallas Mavericks sent shock waves around the league at the trade deadline when they traded Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and two second round picks for Nerlens Noel.
A deal that was praised by the fan base in Dallas and had question marks for people around the league.
Many believed Dallas got a steal in the deal despite the looming free agency for Noel.
With his restricted free agency starting on July 1st, the back-and-forth negotiations began with Dallas and Noel.
After an agent change and almost two months of free agency, Noel has finally decided on his move for next season.
This is shocking on many fronts.
Many people expected this long-term deal to get done at some point this offseason, but this latest report by Haynes shakes everything up.
Coming from the side of Nerlens Noel wanting a much bigger pay-day, signing the qualifying offer was always his threat to Dallas and the Mavs seemed to be calling his bluff.
Except Noel didn’t bluff.
Now, Noel signs his one year deal where he will hit unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2018. To add to the situation, you have to think the sour negotiations this summer will play into next summer when Dallas will have no leverage with the big man.
This is another wrinkle in the situation as one would think that Dallas would simply try to trade Noel before he walks in free agency next summer. But throw in the idea that Noel will have to consent to a trade to keep his bird rights and you have an even worse of a situation.
This situation has proved to be a disaster and it isn’t going away any time soon.