Nerlens Noel hasn’t played an entire NBA season since he came into the league three years ago, but as a restricted free agent he could get paid in a big way.

According to Mike Fisher of Scout, “multiple teams” are preparing to offer Noel a max salary when he hits the market on July 1, which could approach $108 million over four years.

As a restricted free agent, other teams can offer Noel a contract and if he agrees to it, the Dallas Mavericks can match.

Noel was traded to the Mavericks at the trade deadline for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, a 2017 second-round draft pick and a 2018 second-round draft pick.

Noel has played in 193 games out of a possible 246 over his three-year career. He remains a steady defensive contributor, but has limited offensive upside other than crashing in the paint and around the rim. Noel is a 6’11”, 228-pound center who was once thought to be the No. 1 pick before tearing his ACL during one year at Kentucky.

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