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Nerlens Noel reportedly signs one-year deal with Dallas Mavericks

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Nerlens Noel goes up for a shot against Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Nerlens Noel goes up for a shot against Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Restricted free agent forward/center Nerlens Noel signed a one-year qualifying offer of $4.1 million to return to the Dallas Mavericks for the 2017-18 season, according to multiple reports Saturday.

The Dallas Morning News and Yahoo Sports confirmed an earlier report by ESPN. The offer sheet was signed in Los Angeles earlier this week, according to ESPN.

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The signing comes less than a week after Noel replaced his agent with Klutch Sports Group's Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Noel, 23, will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. He was unable to get an acceptable multiyear deal from the Mavs and did not agree to an offer sheet from another team.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Noel and his former agent turned down a four-year, $70 million offer from Dallas at the start of free agency on July 1. The Mavs reportedly pulled the offer when Noel asked for a max deal.

The 6-foot-11, 228-pound Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 22 minutes in 22 games for the Mavericks after arriving in Dallas at the trade deadline from the Philadelphia 76ers.

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The Mavs gave up 2015 first-round pick Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut (who was then bought out) and a pair of second-round picks to acquire Noel, who was the sixth overall pick by the Sixers in the 2013 draft.

Noel averaged 10.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks in 171 career games for Philadelphia.

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