Former Dallas Mavericks who changed teams this offseason: Noel traded to Detroit
Former Maverick Nerlens Noel was traded to the Pistons this offseason in a salary dump that opened up cap space for the Knicks to sign Jalen Brunson. The 6’11 big man is set to make $9.2 million this season, and he has a team option for $9.7 million in the 2023-2024 season.
The rebuilding Pistons have a crowded frontcourt. Rookie Jalen Duren figures to get plenty of playing time to bond with young guards Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey. Isaiah Stewart, Marvin Bagley III, and Kelly Olynyk will all be fighting with Duren and Noel for minutes at the five. Noel has proven to be most effective in a 20-25-minute per game role, but Detroit is unlikely to have that much playing time for the 28-year-old this season.
The Mavericks traded for Noel back in 2017, and they attempted to make him their center of the present and future by offering him a four-year deal worth $70 million. Noel declined the contract and never recovered the money. He left Dallas to sign with the Thunder in the 2018 offseason.
Nerlens Noel is likely to be on the trade block this season. Will a contending team take a chance on the 6’11 big man closer to the deadline? It is a story to watch as the season progresses.