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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.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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