As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN, Nerlens Noel agreed to a one-year, $ 5 million deal with the New York Knicks. In this way, the New York franchise, which has had little movement so far, adds what is believed to be a reserve player for the development of Mitchell Robinson.
Since his arrival in the NBA, Noel was always covered by players like Joel Embiid or Steven Adams, and could never establish himself in any team. Now it will play the same for the pivot, who had occupied rumors due to the supposed interest of the 76ers to rejoin him in their ranks, or of the Rockets to establish him as a starter.
Throughout his six seasons in the league, Noel has averaged 8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.4 caps per game, averaging about 22.1 minutes. He will now have the opportunity to highlight his defensive qualities in a team led by Tom Thibodeau.
Unlike previous markets, the Knicks are not throwing money away, and they are investing cautiously. Although they are not big names, Alec Burks and Elfrid Payton, now added to Noel, are players who, without being overpaid, can leave their contribution at Madison Square Garden. It remains to be seen if some big shot like Russell Westbrook, John Wall, or even Bogdan Bogdanovic, ends up landing in New York.
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