After the early July flurry of NBA free agency signings, several players with fairly big names and really big frames were left out in the cold, still looking for deals in a shrinking market. Among those, perhaps none was bigger than Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel. The Mavericks acquired Noel in a mid-season deal with the Philadelphia 76’ers, but have not yet convinced him to ink an extension that would keep him in the fold beyond 2018, when the qualifying offer year on his rookie-scale contract would conclude.
Earlier this week NBA media personality Steve Kyler reported that Noel had been offered a substantial deal by the Mavericks, but declined it.
Was told actual offer was an average of $17.5m and Noel declined. https://t.co/HPQU96LPEO— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) August 24, 2017
The existence of the offer and the dollar figures involved remain in dispute, but that didn’t stop SLAM Magazine from running an article on it Thursday. This caught the attention of Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, who responded to the situation:
My guy needs better friends and advisors in his circle https://t.co/YI6Zwko6Dd— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) August 24, 2017
This prompted a response from Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, whose tweet was NSFW but can be seen here. The edited version reads:
“[****] that. Common sense. Smh.”
It’s fairly rare to see players commenting publicly on each other’s contracts. Apparently $17.5 million per year for Noel is a big enough prize to prompt even a jaded audience to start yelling advice, “Price is Right” style. We’ll keep you updated with any further comments.