Big man Noel returning to Thunder

Nerlens Noel has signed to remain with the Thunder.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are re-signing free-agent center Nerlens Noel, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed,  but the starting salary to retain Noel figures to fall under the $5.7 million mid-level exception, according to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman.

Noel, 25, averaged 4.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots in 13.7 minutes in a career-high 77 games (2 starts) for the Thunder last season, shooting 58.7 percent from the field and 68.4 percent from the free-throw line.

The 6-foot-11, 220-pound Noel had declined a player option for $1.9 million for the 2019-20 season recently, opting to become an unrestricted free agent.

Noel was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the No. 6 overall draft pick in 2013. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2016. He signed with the Thunder last July.

— Sam Amico contributed to this report