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October 14, 2019, 11:36 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel started and blocked four shots, adding eight points (4-for-6 FGs), four rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes in Monday's loss to the Mavs.
This is your reminder that Noel doesn't need many minutes to help your team. As Steven Adams' backup, he's probably not worth rostering unless you have a bench that you don't need to play. But if it looks like the Thunder are shopping Adams, grab Noel immediately.
October 2, 2019, 7:38 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are exploring trade scenarios involving Steven Adams, but have found no suitors willing to meet ther asking price according to Sean Devenney of Heavy.com.
Deveney says that the Thunder have been looking for offers that include a draft pick, a young player and salary relief. It's easy to believe that teams would be hesitant towards giving the Thunder all of those pieces for Adams at the current salary he is making, but the news that they are already exploring scenarios for dealing him should stick in the minds of every fantasy manager out there. Adams should have a large role in OKC as long as he's there, but fantasy owners should be wary of the potential that he winds up on a squad that would diminish his value. Nerlens Noel should be on watch lists everywhere, as he would become must-own if he is given a shot at starter's minutes.
September 18, 2019, 3:16 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Brett Dawson of The Athletic believes that Nerlens Noel could see a slight bump in minutes if the Thunder limit Steven Adams' usage.
Noel is a great per-minute producer of steals and blocks but only appeared in 13.7 minutes per contest last season. Additional playing time would make him more useful in deeper leagues.
Source: Brett Dawson of The Athletic
July 1, 2019, 4:46 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Nerlens Noel has come to an agreement with the Thunder on a contract.
Woj reported the same thing yesterday only for Noel to hit Instagram with double question marks, leading to a follow-up report of the sides needing more time in their discussions. Maybe Noel will pop in with different punctuation. He'll be a great per-minute producer that's stuck behind a big-minute guy in Steven Adams, which makes Noel a patient roto play or specialist in fantasy.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 10:33 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Nerlens Noel has asked the Thunder for time to re-evaluate their earlier commitment on a new deal.
Woj also goes on to say that both sides are still in discussions. Noel had a solid run as a backup for Steven Adams last season and may want to either renegotiate terms or find a deal elsewhere, so stay tuned.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 7:35 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel has reached an agreement to return to the Thunder according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Noel became an important cog in the Thunder's bench this past season and should be seen as a win for the team to retain his services. He is able to produce decent fantasy value with low playing time due to his high FG percentage and defensive stats. He figures to see a similar role next season, and an instant fantasy-add if Steven Adams goes down for any reason.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 27, 2019, 1:49 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder C Nerlens Noel is not picking up his $1.9M player option for the 2019-20 season and will be a free agent.
Noel and the Thunder will reportedly discuss an extension, but there should be a few teams interested in signing the big man this summer. Noel had to settle for a cheap deal with the Thunder last summer, and we'd expect that money and a chance at starting would be at the forefront of his preferences this summer. Noel has proven capable at producing big-time defensive stats if given the opportunity and makes for an intriguing late-round target if he lands in the right situation.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 3:08 pmNerlens NoelF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel was coy when asked about his $1.99 million player option, saying he's going to let his agent figure that out.
Noel had a decent bounce-back season in limited minutes off the bench for the Thunder. After playing in a career-high 77 games and proving he was healthy coming off an injury-plagued 2017-2018 season, Noel should be able to make more money in free agency.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 4:31 amNerlens NoelF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel played just 10 minutes in the season finale on Wednesday against the Bucks, scoring two points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Noel stacked up 77 of these performances to ring up a top 125-145 season (9/8 cat) in just 13.7 mpg. It was odd to deal with the contrast of having a per-minute beast waiting in the wings, only to be held back by an extremely banged-up but nowhere close to sitting Steven Adams.
April 5, 2019, 10:55 pmNerlens NoelF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel needed only 16 minutes to post four steals and two blocks on Friday night.
Noel added six points and four rebounds, but the money is made with the defensive numbers. He's sitting just outside the top-150 in 9-cat on the season despite only 13.8 mpg, and his defensive work has been a godsend for roto owners and H2H streamers. Noel is definitely someone to keep an eye on in the summer, as him landing with the right team could have big implications in the fantasy realm.
March 29, 2019, 11:06 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams hit 8-of-12 from the field to finish Friday’s loss to the Nuggets with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, a block and one turnover.
Despite the poor free throw shooting (0-for-1 tonight) Adams has been very good lately with top-75 value over the past few weeks and top-40 value over the last three games. Nerlens Noel added eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the loss.
March 21, 2019, 1:11 amNerlens NoelF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (left quad contusion) returned from a one-game absence on Wednesday night to deliver nine points and a block in 11 minutes against the Raptors.
Noel went 4-of-5 from the field but just 1-of-5 from the line, which was an issue that probably cost OKC a win tonight. They erased a 19-point deficit in the second half and outscored Toronto 32-18 in the final quarter, but they finished the night 15-of-29 at the free throw line as a team. One more make and OKC isn't tied for eighth in the West right now. Noel remains a solid defensive specialist, as always.
March 19, 2019, 2:49 pmNerlens NoelF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (left quad contusion) remains uncertain for Wednesday's game against the Raptors after doing some light work on Tuesday.
While Noel was able to do some light work, he was not able to participate in practice and is looking iffy for Wednesday's game. Markieff Morris and Patrick Patterson would see additional minutes if Noel can't go.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter
March 18, 2019, 8:08 pmNerlens NoelF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (left quad contusion) was a late scratch on Monday vs. the Heat.
The news came out too late to make any moves, but Markieff Morris should see some additional minutes with Noel missing the game.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter