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Former Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel re-signed with Knicks

Noel became a free agent this summer before signing a three-year deal worth $27.7 million to return to the Knicks. The deal was noteworthy because it was the first multi-year guaranteed contract that he signed since his time with the Mavericks.

Noel made headlines this summer for his lawsuit against Rich Paul and Klutch Sports. He is suing them over $58 million in lost salaries stemming from turning down a four-year deal worth $70 million from the Mavs back in 2017 at the advice of Paul. Noel accepted the qualifying offer for the 2017-2018 season and hit free agency the following summer, but he could only command a one-year $1.7 million contract from the Thunder.

Noel’s time in Dallas did not go as planned for either party. The Mavs traded two second-round picks, Justin Anderson, and Andrew Bogut to acquire the 6’11 big man in 2017. The organization viewed him as their starting center of the present and future, but injuries and ineffectiveness allowed Noel to start just 18 of 52 games in Dallas.

Nerlens Noel played well for the Knicks last season and earned a guaranteed two-year contract with a team option in 2023. His lawsuit is something for Dallas Mavericks fans to watch as it plays out.