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Report: Nerlens Noel and Mavericks not getting far in contract talks

Report: Nerlens Noel and Mavericks not getting far in contract talks

Former Sixer Nerlens Noel is reportedly unhappy with the offers he's received so far from the Dallas Mavericks.

The restricted free-agent center's agent, Happy Walters, said Dallas has "yet to come up with a realistic contract offer," per the Dallas News.

The Sixers traded Noel to the Mavericks at the trade deadline for swingman Justin Anderson, veteran big man Andrew Bogut (who was immediately bought out) and a heavily-protected 2017 first-round pick that conveyed to two second-round selections. 

Earlier this summer before free agency began, a report claimed that multiple teams were prepared to offer Noel a max contract. The Mavericks would have the chance to match any offer. Now, most teams have their rosters close to set and a good chunk of their free agency money spent. Noel has most likely missed his opportunity to cash in this offseason, and a lucrative long-term deal might be out of the question for now. 

The Sixers shipped Noel to Dallas to avoid the scenario that never panned out. It was unlikely they would have been able to afford a long-term deal with the 23-year-old and elected to fetch a return while they could.

"The situation with Nerlens, him being an RFA certainly affected how people approached that type of player," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said after the trade. "It was more or less the case that concern with how that contract might look in the future was a concern and [caused] apprehension."

During his 22-game stint with Dallas, Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 assist in 22 minutes per game. With the Sixers, Noel averaged 10.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 blocks in 171 games.

Noel was originally drafted No. 6 overall out of Kentucky by the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013. He was acquired in a draft night trade along with a protected first-round pick (which would eventually turn into Elfrid Payton, which would eventually turn into Dario Saric and the Sixers' getting one of their own picks back) for guard Jrue Holiday and a second-round pick.

NBA Notes: Clippers acquire Danilo Gallinari in 3-team trade

NBA Notes: Clippers acquire Danilo Gallinari in 3-team trade

DENVER -- The Los Angeles Clippers acquired sharp-shooting forward Danilo Gallinari from Denver as part of a three-team trade that also involved Atlanta on Thursday.

In the swap, Los Angeles sent Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, cash considerations and a protected 2018 first-round pick to the Hawks. The Nuggets receive a 2019 second-round pick from Atlanta.

Gallinari joins a Clippers team that recently traded Chris Paul to Houston, but agreed to a five-year deal with Blake Griffin. They also have DeAndre Jordan in the frontcourt.

The 28-year-old Gallinari was originally selected by New York with the sixth overall pick in 2008. He wound up in Denver as part of the blockbuster deal in February 2011 that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks.

A fan favorite, Gallinari averaged 16.2 points and made 535 3-pointers for the Nuggets. He missed the 2013-14 season as he recovered from a torn left ACL.

"Danilo has been a special player for the Nuggets organization as well as a prominent figure in the Denver community for the last six years," said Tim Connelly, the president of basketball operations for Denver. "He was a consummate professional throughout his time with us and we want to wish him all the best as he begins this new chapter" (see full story).

Mavericks: Nowitzki agrees on 2-year, $10 million deal
DALLAS -- A person with knowledge of the agreement says the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki have agreed on a two-year, $10 million deal that assures a 20th season for the star forward.

The second year of the contract carries a team option, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced the deal. The 39-year-old Nowitzki is set to join Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one franchise.

The deal is similar to the one the Mavs and Nowitzki reached last year, although for significantly less money. Last year's contract was for two years and $50 million, and the club declined the option before free agency opened this year (see full story).

Knicks: Hardaway Jr. inks $71 million offer sheet
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks are trying to bring back Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Knicks signed the guard to a four-year, $71 million offer sheet Thursday, agent Mark Bartelstein said.

Hardaway is a restricted free agent, so the Atlanta Hawks will have two days to match the offer.

The deal was first reported by ESPN.

Hardaway was a first-round pick of the Knicks who spent two seasons in New York before they traded him to Atlanta for the rights to point guard Jerian Grant. The Knicks later dealt Grant to Chicago in a trade for Derrick Rose.

Hardaway struggled early in Atlanta but played well last season, averaging 14.5 points.

Pacers: Team says George deal was best for future
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Pritchard struggled to make the deal.

Eventually, he figured dealing Paul George was the best way to protect the Indiana Pacers.

On Thursday, Pritchard finally made the blockbuster trade official by announcing the four-time All-Star was heading to Oklahoma City in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

"It was difficult both on a personal and professional level," Pritchard said in a statement issued by the team. "Everyone here knows what Paul meant to this franchise; he was both a tremendous human being as well as player here for seven years. We thank Paul and his family for their contributions to the Pacers and wish him well."

George essentially forced the move when word leaked that he intended to leave the team as a free agent next summer just before the NBA draft.

That disclosure put the Pacers in a bind: Build around George for one final run at an NBA title, lose their star player and get nothing in return or shop George for the best deal they could find with his public plans hurting his trade value. Pritchard called the news a "gut punch" during last month's draft. He hasn't spoken to reporters since then, but under NBA rules the deal could be announced Thursday.

"We feel very strongly about the potential Victor and Domantas bring to our team and what they mean for the future of the franchise," Pritchard said. "Both are highly competitive, highly skilled and both are winners. That is why both were lottery picks. That is why we sought them out to be part of this deal" (see full story).

Grizzlies: Team to retire Randolph’s No. 50
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies are planning to retire the No. 50 jersey worn by Zach Randolph, who is leaving the team after eight seasons to sign with the Sacramento Kings.

In a tweet on the Grizzlies' official account , majority owner Robert Pera says that No. 50 "will never be worn by another member of the Memphis Grizzlies." Pera also thanks Randolph for helping "turn a lottery team into a perennial playoff contender" and helping "make a basketball team a model of community service."

Randolph, a free agent, is joining former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger at Sacramento. He agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal.

Randolph, who helped Memphis earn seven straight playoff appearances , will become the first player to have his number retired by the Grizzlies.

Report: Nerlens Noel likely to get max contract offer in free agency

Report: Nerlens Noel likely to get max contract offer in free agency

Former Sixers big man Nerlens Noel could be getting paid — big-time — this summer in free agency. 
According to DallasBasketball.com, multiple teams are willing to offer up a max contract when the Mavericks' center becomes a restricted free agent. 
Talk of Noel attracting a max deal, which could be worth well over $100 million, doesn’t come as a surprise. The Sixers were aware Noel could garner far more than they wanted to spend. They weren’t going to dish out starter's money to a player who had a backup role on the team, especially not when Joel Embiid’s payday is on the horizon. 

The Sixers had two options: Keep Noel on the roster for the remainder of the season as a sixth man and potentially lose him to a bigger deal this summer with nothing to show for it, or cut ties at the deadline and get something in return. 

The Sixers went the latter route. They traded Noel to the Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut (who they bought out), and a 2017 top-18 protected pick that conveyed to a pair of second-round picks.  

"The situation with Nerlens, him being an RFA certainly affected how people approached that type of player," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said after the trade. "It was more or less the case that concern with how that contract might look in the future was a concern and (caused) apprehension."

The Mavericks were pleased with Noel’s performance the remainder of the season. He averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 22.0 minutes in 22 games (12 starts) for the Mavs. 

Noel’s size and athleticism will draw teams to him in free agency. He just turned 23 years old in April and has years of potential to be effective, especially in an uptempo system (think: lobs). 

Noel isn’t the only former Sixer looking to cash in as a free agent this offseason. 

Remember Dewayne Dedmon? He suited up in 11 games for the Sixers on a pair of 10-day contracts during the 2013-14 season. Dedmon played this season for the Spurs, averaging 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 76 games (37 starts). He made a name for himself in his fourth year and has decided to decline his $3 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to The Vertical