Knicks To Sign Nerlens Noel To One-Year Contract

Free agent big man Nerlens Noel has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter links), who hears from Noel’s agents at Klutch Sports that it’ll be worth $5MM.

A lottery pick in 2013, Noel is now with his fourth organization. He has served as a back-up to Steven Adams in Oklahoma City for the past two years and averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season.

Noel, 26, is a former star at Kentucky and credits Knicks assistant Kenny Payne with helping him develop his game, tweets Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. Payne left the Wildcats in August to join Tom Thibodeau’s new staff.

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35 thoughts on “Knicks To Sign Nerlens Noel To One-Year Contract

  1. Sillivan

    Knicks has acquired Four of the Kind

    Ed Davis
    Burks
    Elfrid Payton
    Noel

    It seems everyone signs the same amount of contract.

  2. Sillivan

    With super GM Leon Rose and World Wild Wes, Knicks are still Knicks.

    • Not at all. These past two offseasons have been minor moves meant to keep space open. The old Knicks would have overpaid for a couple of free agents and traded Mitchell Robinson and two first rounders for Westbrook. Then they would have gotten 35 wins and missed the playoffs.

      At least now, they can get 30 wins and have their options remain open.

    • hiflew

      Knicks are soon to be the Wildcats North. They have Randle, Knox, Quickley, Noel. And it wouldn’t shock me to see them pick up a Willie Cauley-Stein and/or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist too. Skal Labissiere and Wenyen Gabriel are still out there too as cheap bench options.

    • mlbnyyfan

      The Knicks are not making waves but however making very little ripples in the free agent pool.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        We are in a rebuild. No need to get crazy. Next yr is the FA class. Thibs will sort it out. We got assets to make a trade at deadline. Or in next yes deep draft. This yr is about weeding the young guys here. Knox, Nttilikina, DSJ, Randle who stays who goes. Only staples here are Toppin, Mitch, RJ.

    • KnickerbockerAl

      Really, he was the 6th pick in draft. Considered one of best bigs in draft. If you saw him college. He’s a bench big. Knicks are about the youth and next yrs FA class. I’m good with him he’s depth.

    • hiflew

      He was THE star on that Kentucky team. Of course that was also the only UK team of the Calipari era that missed the Big Dance. Noel tearing his ACL in midseason is the reason for it, but that team wasn’t exactly great before Noel’s injury. There were a few good players (Wiltjer, Poythress, Goodwin) on the team, but it was by far the weakest UK team of the Calipari era.

  3. sportznut1000

    I had to go research what the thunders lineup might look like next season because it feels like they have replaced their entire lineup from last year with the exception of Gilgeuous – Alexander. Galinari, adams, noel, paul and schroeder all gone

    • sportznut1000

      Espn still has oubre and ariza listed but they are out the door so it looks like maybe their lineup might be: george hill
      gigleous alexander
      Bazley
      Horford
      Muscala
      Dort, diallo, roberson in the guard rotation
      Darius miller and justin jackson in the forward rotation
      Then the rookies and like a hundred draft picks in next 5-6 years

  4. Sillivan

    How many teams are tanking against CBA rules?

    Knicks, Thunder and Kings

    Teams are not tanking
    Wolves
    Hornets
    Pistons
    Pelicans

    • hiflew

      I have never been a Pistons fan, but I do respect that they are at least trying to compete even when their roster does not look like a contending team. They went out and signed Jerami Grant, Plumlee, and several others that at least give the appearance of a team that is trying.

    • padam

      Kings aren’t tanking. They just sign the wrong players and screw up their cap, i.e.: Barnes. And Heild is beginning to look like another. Knicks, yes. Thunder are just cleaning house and playing the ‘if we have 25 first rounders in 3 years, we can hopefully get 5 good starters out of it’ guessing game.

  5. Sillivan

    To me
    Rebuild is an excuse for tanking.

    Rebuild means you don’t want to compete, you don’t have spirit of the sports.

    • hiflew

      I have no problem with a team looking to rebuild. To me, there is a big difference between rebuilding and tanking. Rebuilding is when you know you aren’t a strong, but you have team that tries hard and wins as much as they can. When you are tanking, you trade anyone on the team that has value and are left with a team of players that mostly shouldn’t even be in the NBA. It is an insult to your fans and to the sport itself.

      I would much rather have my team be middling at 40 wins for 5 years than watch them not try and get 13 wins a year for 5 years. Even if the potential is there for something good in the future, it’s not a guarantee. And you just as easily get a superstar in the mid 1st as in the top 5.

        • hiflew

          Agreed. The only other team in the past 10 years or so that egregiously tanked was the Sixers. Every other team has just been bad organically, but at least they try.

    • DeathbyDeathwest

      Give it a rest.

      OKC is not tanking, it’s a traditional rebuild everyone (should have) saw coming when CP3 reestablished his positive value.

      It’s been an organization in need of a rebuild since the Star-Power of Harden and Leonard trashed what the team had just a few seasons ago.

      Considering Presti didn’t exactly choose this path, he’s doing very well for the hand he was dealt.

  6. Luckylefty2

    This dude is going to be passed around like a blunt his whole career trying to recoup that 70 mil he missed out on lmfao!

  7. El Don

    Could very well be that Nerlens works his way to the starting 5, wouldn’t surprise me much!

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