It doesn’t seem that center Nerlens Noel is making a good impression on his current team, the Dallas Mavericks.
In his 2nd season with the team, Noel had an opportunity to land a major role with the team as they rebuilt for the future but a nagging thumb injury and apparently a lack of work ethic have contributed to his limited minutes on the floor.
The Mavericks reportedly view Noel as someone who is not a hard worker, according to Newy Scruggs for The Dallas Morning News.
My sources tell me that Nerlens Noel is not known as a hard worker.
I’m told he doesn’t have a sense of hard play and that’s not going to fly with a head coach like Rick Carlisle who had to cut his teeth as a NBA player.
Until Noel shows a better work ethic other players will get minutes.
Noel ended up signing a one-year, $4.1 million contract in late August with the Mavericks after testing the market as a restricted free agent looking for a lucrative deal.
Noel is only averaging a career-low 12.5 minutes in 18 games played this year.
Not only does Noel risk not stating in Dallas, he also risks hauling in a big contract in free agency should this trend continue.