Another key member of the Oklahoma City Thunder from last season has found a new home.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that Nerlens Noel had signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the New York Knicks.
Free agent C Nerlens Noel has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Knicks, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2020
The news should not that be that surprising as Oklahoma City is the mist of a complete teardown.
Noel was another one of those players that the Thunder opted to keep past the trade deadline instead of trading him despite interest. The Rockets were rumored to have contacted the Thunder this past February on a potential Noel trade, but nothing occurred.
Noel averaged 7.4 PPG and 4.9 RPG in 61 games last season, mostly coming off the bench. The big duo of Steven Adams and Noel is no more. The Thunder’s starting center will be Al Horford, with Mike Muscala most likely backing him up.
Noel made $1.8 million and $1.9 million in his two seasons with the Thunder, so it’s nice to see Noel cash out with the Knicks by signing for $5 million.