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UPDATE: Nerlens Noel And OKC Agree To a Deal, Again

UPDATE: Nerlens Noel And OKC Agree To a Deal, Again

OKLAHOMA CITY — Nerlens Noel and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a deal to reunite for next season. This was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


Noel signed a two-year deal with Oklahoma City last July on the vet-minimum scale. The second year was a player option. Noel opted out of his option last week.

The thought among those outside the organization was that Noel’s time with the Thunder would be for one year. While Noel’s game is not that of a prototypical in today’s NBA, his athleticism and defensive prowess would have been good enough to warrant more money. Money that the Thunder would not have given their current financial situation.

After an impressive season as the backup to Steven Adams, many assumed that Noel would take a larger deal elsewhere. While the deal has yet to be revealed specifically, the Thunder do have a $5.7 million mid-level exception that could have been used to retain him.

Noel’s return helps OKC’s depth. Last season, Noel averaged 4.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. He averaged one steal a game to help the Thunder lead the NBA in steals.

Update: June 30th, 9:33 p.m.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Nerlens Noel has asked the Thunder for more time to re-evaluate the earlier reported deal.

This comes after a mysterious Instagram story post by Noel following the report that he and Oklahoma City had agreed to a deal. Wojnarowski had not revealed any contract numbers or other details following the original report. This prompted Thunder fans question on if a deal had been done.

More updates to come as they appear. 

Update: July 1st, 3:40 p.m

Nerlens Noel has agreed to a deal with the Thunder. Adrian Wojnarowski reported yesterday that a deal had been reached but that Noel asked for more time to re-evaluate the situation.

Today, Wojnarowski reported that the two parties have, again, reached a deal. Contracts and numbers have yet to be disclosed. The Thunder do not reveal numbers so that information typically comes from a player’s agency.

No word on Noel’s Instagram as of this time. 

Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12, in addition to weekly guest spots on “The Franchise Drive” on Tuesdays and “The Franchise Morning Show” on Wednesdays. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports



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Brady has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2016. University of Oklahoma alum class of 2014. He has worked for the Franchise since April 2018. Co-Host of the OKC-82 Podcast. Member of the Basketball Insider's Show.

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