The Dallas Mavericks traded for Nerlens Noel back in 2017. He proved he could be a starting center during the 2015-2016 season, but the Sixers also had Joel Embiid on their roster. Philly decided to deal Noel to Dallas for Justin Anderson, Andre Bogut, and two second-round picks. The Mavs secured a young talented center as they were just starting a rebuild.
It is safe to say that Noel’s time in Dallas did not go as planned for either side. He struggled to stay healthy. He played in just 52 games in his season and a half in Dallas. Noel never played starters minutes and struggled to produce massive numbers. The Mavericks offered him a four-year deal worth $70 million () in free agency in 2017, but Noel turned it down to play on the qualifying offer. He has made $12.8 million in the last four seasons.
SNY’s Ian Begley dropped the rumor that the Mavericks have interest in signing Noel this summer. He notes them as one of four teams in on the 27-year-old big man. Could Nerlens Noel return to Dallas this offseason?
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in Nerlens Noel: Reunion possible?
Noel’s time in Dallas featured many seemingly unbelievable moments. There was the infamous hot dog incident. He clashed with coach Rick Carlisle, which limited the 6’11 big man’s playing time. With Carlisle in Indiana, the door is open for a reunion. Owner Mark Cuban traded for him and offered him a significant contract. The Mavericks are clearly interested in his talent.
Noel has carved out a role as a backup center since leaving Dallas. He controls the rim, protects the paint, and creates plenty of turnovers. Dallas desperately needs a rim protector. Noel should be in his prime. The two sides coming back together could be mutually beneficial for both parties.
Will the Dallas Mavericks re-sign Nerlens Noel this offseason? Fans will have to stay tuned. There will be plenty of rumors as the transactions heat up. Tune in to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.