July 2, 2018, 3:00 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel has agreed to a two-year deal with the Thunder that includes a player option on the second season.
Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman is reporting that it'll be a minimum deal, which is quite a fall from grace. Noel had a disastrous tenure in Dallas, so hopefully the "bet on yourself" gambit works out better for him this time. He immediately provides OKC with a defensive upgrade in the frontcourt, though he's going to come off the bench unless the Thunder want to trot out a big starting frontcourt that can't operate outside of the paint. It's unlikely that this affects Steven Adams' minutes at all, so it's possible that Noel ends up playing a little bit more power forward if the Thunder don't want him as a strict backup. That'd have a ripple effect on Patrick Patterson and would spell serious trouble for Carmelo Anthony, whose departure would represent a ton of savings for the team. While Noel has terrific defensive upside, it's tough to see him getting enough minutes to be anything more than a late-round specialist in standard leagues. With Jerami Grant also on board, there's now four capable power forward types and one obvious candidate to be let go. Some subtraction is coming here.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter