The tenure of Dallas Mavericks’ center Nerlens Noel has been a checkered one and many thought he would be shipped out of Dallas at the the trade deadline, but, Nerlens remains a Mav.
Apparently, despite the thinking that Noel has worn out his welcome in Dallas, the Mavs are not planning to buy out Noel, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.
“The Mavericks have no current plans to buy out big man Nerlens Noel, according to league sources. To the contrary, Dallas is hopeful it can get Noel back on the floor after the All-Star break and make another run at establishing a role for him.”
Noel has only appeared in 18 games this season and is averaging a low 12.5 minutes per game. Noel is currently recovering from right thumb surgery and there is thinking that he will return to the team after the All-Star break should he be healthy.
Kings’ Yogi Ferrell Discusses Decision to Leave Dallas, Sign With Sacramento
Sacramento Kings point guard Yogi Ferrell recently joined the team on a two-year, $6.2 million contract, abruptly backing out of a prior agreement with his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, who offered him a two-year $5.3 million pact.
Ferrell explained his decision during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show on Monday.
“The main thing is that I like their youth and I like their style of play,” Ferrell explained. “It’s faster, they get up and down and I feel that’s the same game I play my entire life. I feel like I can go in there and kind of mold the identity of the Kings and just give them another spark that they need.”
Ferrell averaged 10.2 ppg last season after working hard to earn a contract with the Mavericks, coming from the NBA’s D-League.
“Time has gone by fast, that’s for sure,” Ferrell said. “I’m taking every moment of it. I’m very blessed to even be in the position to allow myself to excel in this league.”
“I was undrafted, played a couple games with Brooklyn, didn’t work out. I just wanted to make sure I was ready for my next opportunity. I knew it was gonna come just because of how hard I work.”
Mavericks To Sign Dirk Nowitzki To One-Year, $5 Million Contract
The new deal has been setup for nearly a week and the legendary forward will sign soon.
Nowitzki expressed desire to return for one last season and has intended to to finish his career with the only organization he has ever played for.
Yogi Ferrell Backing Out Of Mavs Deal
The Mavs and Ferrell agreed to a two-year, $5.3M deal on Thursday, but his agent says that they are opting hit free agency in search of a better deal.
“We felt uncomfortable and will weigh our options,” Ferrell’s agent, Cervando Tejeda, said.
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