Southwest Notes: Noel, Green, Allen, Nene

By accepting a $4.1MM qualifying offer, Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has created a financial drama that will last through the season, writes Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. He decided to take the one-year deal after consulting with his new agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, whom Noel just hired this week. It was an unexpected end to negotiations for the third-year big man, who reportedly turned down a four-year, $70MM offer earlier this summer.

Noel is betting that he can get something close to the max as an unrestricted free agent next year, but Townsend notes that he is also taking a serious risk after missing the entire 2013/14 season after knee ligament surgery. He has played 75, 67 and 51 in the three seasons since then. By refusing the original offer, Noel cost himself about $11.5MM this season and will need a new deal starting at about $20MM to make up the difference.

There’s more news from the Southwest Division:
  • Noel’s decision gives the Mavericks about $12MM in unexpected cap space, according to Kevin Pelton of ESPN [insider account]. Only the Bulls and Sixers have more, although the Suns could surpass Dallas if Alex Len also accepts a qualifying offer. The Mavericks will be in position to help facilitate trades and acquire assets throughout the season. They may also benefit next summer from Noel’s small cap hold, which is estimated at about $8MM. Noel finished just one start short of the cutoff for “starter criteria,” which is 41 starts or 2,000 minutes in the previous season. His qualifying offer would have been $5.85MM if he had met that standard.
  • The Grizzlies are willing to go above the $2.8MM qualifying offer to re-sign restricted free agent JaMychal Green, but won’t meet the price he wants, according to Chris Harrington of The Commercial Appeal. He adds that Tony Allen won’t be returning to Memphis, even after free agent addition Ben McLemore suffered a broken foot. Harrington thinks a return to Boston would be the best move for Allen.
  • Memphis still has one two-way contract remaining, and Harrington advocates giving it to someone with professional experience rather than an undrafted rookie. His choice is 23-year-old Vince Hunter, a 6’8″ power forward who played with the Grizzlies’ summer league team and has experience in the G League and overseas.
  • After re-signing with the Rockets this summer, veteran center Nene is eager to see new addition Chris Paul join James Harden in the backcourt, writes Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype“It will be an unbelievable experience to play with James and Chris,” he said. “James is the best offensive player in the game and Chris is an amazing ball player as well. They can score from anywhere on the court and they both have a basketball IQ that’s off the charts.”
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5 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Noel, Green, Allen, Nene

  1. acarneglia

    Really surprised no ones really made an offer to Tony Allen. Even in his late thirties he’s still an elite defender and a valuable bench presence

    • bravesfan88

      Yeah, I figured one of the Spurs, Cavs, or the Rockets would take a chance on signing Tony Allen..

      All three teams, especially the Rockets, could use Allen as an extra perimeter defender. Now, obviously, Allen is not quite the lock down defender he used to be, but he is still a better defender then most.

      Also, he could eventually end up becoming a valuable piece for a contending team when they go up against the Warriors. He could assist Kawai, LeBron, and also Harden by helping mainly guard Klay and Iggy, but he could also occasionally switch on either Curry or KD…and likely even with a little bit of some success…

      • bravesfan88

        Mainly, if you are the Rockets or Cavs you should definitely consider adding Allen…Yes, the Rockets have a solod perimeter defender in Ariza, but that is just about it…So, I think it goes without saying, Allen could help them tremendously on defense!!

        The Cavs now have Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert that can be legitimate perimeter defenders, but they are going to need every single one of their 2’s and 3’s to be excellent defenders!! And I say this because, those 2-guards and SF’s are going to be playing next to the likes of I.Thomas and Derrick Rose, which both are notoriously piss-poor perimeter defenders…And everyone saw last year what happened when you put an aging Richard Jefferson on KD and Klay…It just was not even fair…He was getting so badly abused, it just honestly made me personally feel sorry for Jefferson…lol

        Replacing Jefferson’s defensive efforts with Allen isn’t enough to get the Cavs over the hump, but by adding Tony Allen and Jae Crowder to the mix…Now, the Cavs at least stand a much better chance of forcing some stops against the Warriors…

  2. CursedRangers

    It seems as if the Mavs offered Noel all of their remaining cap space, with their $17M annual offer over 4 years. I’m not so sure he shouldn’t have taken that. His injury track record makes accepting a one-year offer extremely risky. Then you factor in how the NBA is no longer placing tremendous value on bigs. Furthermore, there are still at least 4 big men left on the market with fairly similar stats to Noel. Even if he stays injury free, and has a decent year, I’m not so sure he will be able to capture $20M+ a year. Just not enough teams left with cap space. How his former agent couldn’t recognize this is pretty baffling.

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