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Knicks reportedly considering trading 1 player to Clippers?

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Mar 21, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Nerlens Noel #3 of the New York Knicks reacts after he loses control of the ball in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on March 21, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks are looking to free up some salary cap space for the start of the NBA’s free agency period, and the team has apparently thought about dealing one big man in order to do so.

On Tuesday, HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reported that the Knicks have had “exploratory discussions” around trading center Nerlens Noel to the Los Angeles Clippers. Scotto also said that, according to HoopsHype salary cap expert Yossi Gozlan, the Knicks could create up to $24.5 million in cap space by trading Noel if they don’t have to take on any additional salary in a deal.

Noel is set to make $9.24 million next season with a $9.68 million team option for the 2023-24 season. The Clippers could take Noel’s salary on due to the $9.7 million trade exception they got after trading Serge Ibaka to the Milwaukee Bucks last season.

Freeing up $24.5 million could help the Knicks successfully pursue one notable free agent that they are reportedly all-in on.

Noel initially signed with the Knicks prior to the 2020-21 season. In 64 games, he averaged 5.1 points and 0.7 assists per game, but made key defensive contributions for the Knicks on their way to earning the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The 28-year-old averaged 6.4 total rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. Noel re-signed with the Knicks prior to last season, but only appeared in 25 games due to injuries. He averaged 3.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

Rich Paul’s attorneys respond to Nerlens Noel accusation

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Nerlens Noel filed a lawsuit against his former agent Rich Paul earlier this year, and Paul has formally responded.

Noel is seeking $58 million after he says he received some poor and extremely costly advice from Paul. Noel says Paul was responsible for the center turning down a four-year, $70 million contract offer from the Dallas Mavericks back in 2017. In a court filing on Monday, Paul’s attorneys denied that and other claims made by Noel.

Noel says Paul advised him to turn down the $70 million contract and told him he deserves a max deal. Noel eventually signed a two-year, $3.75 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead of the 2018-19 season. In addition to giving him bad advice, Noel also claims Paul ignored teams that expressed interest in signing his former client. You can read the full details of the lawsuit here.

Winning the lawsuit is a long shot for Noel, but it’s possible he and the NBA Players Association could come to some sort of settlement. Noel and one former NBA star have beefed on Twitter over the allegations.

Nerlens Noel takes another shot at Kendrick Perkins over Klutch drama

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Nerlens Noel thinks that you should probably check Kendrick Perkins’ back for marionette strings.

The New York Knicks big man took another shot this week at ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins. After recent reports had suggested that agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports wanted his client Tyrese Maxey out of Philadelphia, Perkins tweeted that those claims were false. Noel responded by tweeting an image of Pinocchio at Perkins.

The implication Noel appears to be making is that Perkins is a puppet of Klutch Sports as well as a liar.

Noel, a former client of Paul and Klutch, filed a lawsuit against them last month claiming tens of millions of dollars in lost wages. That led to Perkins calling him out on Twitter, to which Noel replied by hinting that Perkins was getting paid off by Klutch.

The former lottery pick Noel has certainly taken notice of Perkins defending Klutch online at seemingly every turn. Now we will have to wait and see if and how Perkins responds to Noel this time around.

Nerlens Noel, Kendrick Perkins beef on Twitter over Klutch lawsuit

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Kendrick Perkins thinks that Nerlens Noel is capping in his recent lawsuit against former agent Rich Paul and Klutch Sports.

The retired center turned ESPN analyst Perkins tweeted a shot at Noel this week. Perkins said that Noel needed to tell the truth about the situation and made a reference to Noel’s previous agent before Paul, Happy Walters.

Noel responded by tweeting a screenshot of the details of his suit, including that Paul allegedly ignored teams that were interested in signing Noel. The ex-lottery pick also hinted that Perkins was getting paid off by Klutch with the hashtag “#ThatCheckAintBigEnough” and tweeted a clown emoji at him in a subsequent post.

Perkins fired back by tweeting a dismissive meme at Noel.

What we do know is that Noel is seeking $58 million in lost wages from Paul and Klutch Sports. Noel claims that Paul gave him bad advice that led to him turning down a four-year, $70 million contract from the Dallas Mavericks in favor of a one-year qualifying offer worth $4.1 million. You can read the full details of Noel’s lawsuit here.

As for Perkins, there is no evidence that he is actually on Klutch’s payroll. But he is close friends and former teammates with Klutch’s marquee client.

Report: Rich Paul ignored several teams that had interest in Nerlens Noel

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Nerlens Noel has filed a massive lawsuit against his former agent Rich Paul, and winning it will be difficult. However, it does sound like Noel’s claim that Paul did not always have his best interests in mind may have merit.

Noel is seeking $58 million after he says he received some poor and extremely costly advice from Paul. Noel claims he was negotiating a 4-year, $70 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks in 2017 when Paul advised him to break off those talks. The agent supposedly told Noel he was a “$100 million man” and should be eyeing a max contract.

Noel eventually signed a 2-year, $3.75 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead of the 2018-19 season. The lawsuit states that Noel later learned from former Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown that Philly was interested in signing him, but Paul did not reach out when contacted by the Sixers. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, that claim is accurate.

Fischer says he was told by sources that Brown and the 76ers’ coaching staff were interested in Noel. When they didn’t hear back, they instead focused on signing Al Horford. Noel also claims the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets tried to contact Paul about his client but had no luck.

“Nerlens was always somebody we really liked in Houston and definitely tried to get in touch with,” a former Rockets official told Fischer. “But my understanding is it never got very far.”

As Fischer notes, Noel will probably have a difficult time getting people to come forward to substantiate his claims. Some executives expect Noel and the NBA Players Association to come to some sort of settlement.

Noel fired Paul and Klutch Sports after he signed a 1-year, $5 million deal with the New York Knicks before last season. He has since signed a 3-year, $27.7 million deal with the Knicks under the representation of George Langberg.

If nothing else, Noel’s lawsuit is leading to some bad publicity for Paul and Klutch Sports. He may not be able to win $58 million, but he could give another player a similar idea.

Nerlens Noel sues Rich Paul for $58 million in lost wages

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Nerlens Noel is suing agent Rich Paul and Paul’s Klutch Sports over what he says was poor representation from Paul that cost him money.

Noel filed the lawsuit in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday. The suit names both Paul and Klutch Sports as defendants. Noel is seeking $58 million after claiming to have received poor advice from Paul.

Noel, 27, was represented by agent Happy Walters coming out of Kentucky in 2013. The big man says that he was seated next to Paul during Ben Simmons’ birthday dinner in July 2017, when Paul began to recruit Noel.

According to Noel, Paul told the center he was a “100 million man” and that he could get him a max contract. As a result, Noel took Paul’s advice to stop negotiations on a 4-year, $70 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks in 2017. Noel then dumped Walters and signed with Paul. Noel also signed a $4.1 million qualifying offer with the intent of signing a max contract in free agency.

Well, you can imagine how Noel felt after a max contract offer never came.

Noel suffered a thumb injury during the 2017-2018 season, forcing him to miss 42 games. He alleges that Paul began to lose interest in him as a client during that time.

Noel eventually signed a 2-year, $3.75 million deal with the Thunder ahead of the 2018-2019 season. He alleges the deal arose through recruitment from Russell Westbrook and Paul George, not through Klutch Sports.

Noel declined his player option after the first season but then signed with the Thunder for the minimum the following season after he says he did not receive any offers. Noel alleges that he learned from 76ers coach Brett Brown that Philly wanted to sign him, but Paul did not respond. Noel was considering leaving Klutch Sports, but he was convinced to stay based on the agency telling him they were working on a 3-year deal with OKC. That never materialized.

Noel signed a 1-year, $5 million deal with the Knicks before last season. He then fired Rich Paul and Klutch Sports. Noel alleges that he learned from others that Paul had a reputation for only focusing on his “marquee” clients and not the lesser-known ones.

Noel has since signed a 3-year, $27.7 million deal with the Knicks under the representation of George Langberg.

Noel is suing Paul and Klutch on the grounds of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, negligence, and breach of good faith by interfering with a previous agent relationship and convincing him to sign with them, only to not deliver. He wants $58 million for being convinced to turn down the $70 million contract.

We don’t know if this case will have any legs, but it will result in negative publicity for Paul. It also might give another player a similar idea.

Nerlens Noel now latest to fire agent Rich Paul

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Another NBA player is parting ways with Rich Paul and Klutch Sports.

Basketball writer Alex Kennedy reported Saturday that Nerlens Noel has ended his relationship with Paul, his longtime agent. Kennedy adds that Paul and Klutch maintain they parted ways with Noel amicably though.

The news comes after another big man fired Paul earlier this month.

Noel, 26, had been represented by Paul the last three years. He infamously turned down a four-year, $70 million offer from the Dallas Mavericks in 2017 but did so under former agent Happy Walters. That ultimately led to Noel’s decision to replace Walters with Paul. Under Paul however, Noel has failed to recoup anywhere close to those earnings. He signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the New York Knicks this offseason. That marked Noel’s biggest single-season salary with Paul as his agent.

Klutch Sports is a juggernaut, headlined by such All-Stars as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, and John Wall as their top clients. But they have been criticized for allegedly underexposing their less-heralded players. With multiple such players now jumping ship, it definitely makes one wonder if Klutch might be spreading themselves too thin.

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Nerlens Noel reportedly diagnosed with concussion after nasty fall

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Nerlens Noel was taken off the court during Tuesday night’s game in a stretcher after taking an ugly fall and hitting his head on the floor, and it sounds like the consequences could have been a lot worse for the Oklahoma City Thunder big man.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Noel has been diagnosed with a concussion. There were initially fears that he may have suffered some sort of fracture, but that was not the case.

Noel went up to block a dunk attempt from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins when he came down hard and hit his head off the floor.

There was some question about how Timberwolves players reacted following the injury, and that led to a shouting match with Thunder guard Dennis Schroder that became a big topic of conversation after the game. The important thing is Noel sounds like he is going to make a full recovery.

Nerlens Noel taken off on stretcher after hitting head

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Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher after an ugly fall during Tuesday night’s Oklahoma City Thunder-Minnesota Timberwolves game.

Noel was going up for a block attempt on Andrew Wiggins and took an elbow to his head. He then fell and hit his head hard on the Chesapeake Energy Arena floor.

Noel was stretchered off after the hard fall. He immediately received prayers from teammates in the game and others.

Noel had six points in six minutes. He’s averaging 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals in 13.9 minutes per game this season.

Report: Nerlens Noel took less money to sign with Thunder

The Philadelphia 76ers were hoping Nerlens Noel would become a max contract player when they drafted him with the No. 6 overall pick back in 2013, but the 24-year-old big man signed a veteran minimum contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason. If Noel wanted more money, the offers were apparently out there.

According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, Noel had bigger offers than the two-year, $3.75 million deal he agreed to with the Thunder. The contract includes a player option for the second year, and Kyler notes that Noel believes in the situation in OKC and is betting on himself.

In other words, Noel is taking a similar approach to the one DeMarcus Cousins took when he agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. Both players are hoping they will have successful seasons on quality teams and be able to sign bigger free agent deals next summer.

Noel averaged just 15.7 minutes with the Dallas Mavericks last season, and his career has not taken off due to injuries and some off-court issues. If he can prove himself with the Thunder, there will be plenty of teams willing to give him big money because of his age and potential.