Noel returning to Mavs on one-year deal

Nerlens Noel is reportedly set to return to the Mavericks.
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Free agent center Nerlens Noel has agreed to a one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer with the Dallas Mavericks, according to a report from Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Noel became a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and according to ESPN, turned down a four-year offer from the Mavs worth $70 million in July.

Noel reportedly sought a maximum contract and even switched agents during the negotiating process. Previously represented by Happy Walters, Noel is now the client of Cleveland-based Rich Paul and his Klutch Sports Agency. Noel had just hired Walters near the end of the season.

Paul has become one of the NBA’s most-powerful agents, with a client list that also includes Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Philadelphia 76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons, and Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe.

Noel is 6-foot-11 and played 22 games with the Mavericks last season, following a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers in February. Entering his fourth season, Noel has compiled career averages of 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.