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Restricted free agent Nerlens Noel re-signs with Mavericks

Are the Mavericks going to throw a ton of money in Nerlens Noel's direction?
Ethan Sears
Written by Ethan Sears

Restricted free agent center Nerlens Noel returned to the Dallas Mavericks by way of signing the one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer on Saturday, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Noel had held out hoping for a maximum contract, but an offer never materialized. Instead, the 23-year old ended up being a victim of a dried up free agent market, which came because this year’s salary cap was lower than projected.

Noel was traded to Dallas for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and two second-round picks last February. Though he’s one of the better defensive centers in the league, Noel has yet to develop much on the offensive end. He averaged just 8.7 points per game last season, shooting 59.5 percent from the floor and 69.4 percent from the line. He also can’t stretch the floor whatsoever, a fairly big issue in today’s three-point heavy game.

However, given his age and defensive ability, Noel thought he could get a max contract this summer. Given the spending spree that occurred a year ago, it’s hard to blame him for thinking so. There just isn’t much demand for defense-only centers, which accentuated this summer. This is essentially the last domino to fall in NBA free agency, with most players having signed contracts in July.

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Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.