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Rumor: Mavericks RFA Nerlens Noel rejected contract worth $17.5 million annually

2013 NBA Draft

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: (L-R) Otto Porter of Georgetown, Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse, Nerlens Noel of Kentucky and C.J. McCollum of Lehigh share a laugh on stage prior to the start of the 2013 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 27, 2013 in in the Brooklyn Bourough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Nerlens Noel has been the best free agent available for a while, and it doesn’t appear the restricted Mavericks center will strike a deal any time soon. He just hired Rich Paul, who’s default negotiation tactic is waiting.

Noel is said to desire the max, which, who wouldn’t? We don’t know what he’d actually settle for. But now we have an idea what Dallas is offering.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

A report like this should be taken for what it is: incomplete. How many years? More importantly, how much is guaranteed? Is the offer still on the table?

Whoever leaked this did so to paint his or her side in the most favorable light. Based on only what we know – a $17.5 million average annual salary – the offer might be good for Noel, terrible for Noel or anywhere in between.

Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum ignored those caveats and shared a sharp opinion:

It’s shocking to see a player publicly insert himself into another player’s business like this.

Granted, a fully guaranteed deal worth $17.5 million annually – no matter its length – looks good for Noel. It’s hard to see another team offering more at this point, and that’d trump his $4,187,599 qualifying offer – especially given Noel’s injury history.

But I don’t know the guarantees in the reported proposal. Unless McCollum does, he’s not positioned to critique the advice Noel is receiving.