August 7, 2017, 12:13 pm
In a recent interview with the Undefeated, Dirk spoke of Nerlens Noel saying, “He’s so young and so athletic. I’d love to keep him,” Nowitzki said. “I’m sure that is what the Mavs are thinking.”
Dallas is likely just playing their cards right because of Noel’s restricted free agent status. The Mavs are reportedly very high on the big man, but don’t want to offer him the max unless they have to. There’s a chance the two sides don’t come to an agreement and Noel just plays out the next year and hits free agency next summer.