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NBA Free Agent News: Nerlens Noel Turns Down Mavericks Extension, Will Play on One-Year Qualifying Offer

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The Mavericks center will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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NBA Free Agency news has been quiet the last few weeks, but Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has made a mini-splash, turning down a four-year deal from the Mavericks to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, Noel will accept a one-year qualifying offer in Dallas, worth approximately $4.1 million. After that, he will be free to sign with any team who will offer him a contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN describes the contract Noel turned down in the process.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN adds:

But Haynes modifies:

Dallas traded for Noel in February of the 2016-17 season. He averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 51 appearances for the Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers last year. The Sixers originally drafted him sixth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Earlier this week, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum advised Noel to seek better advisers after rumors of him rejecting Dallas’ deal circulated on Twitter. He retracted that today based on Haynes’ information.