Now that Oklahoma City is the official home of Paul George, GM Sam Presti and the rest of management can continue improving their roster.
Figuring out their contract dilemma with Carmelo Anthony is certainly a priority, but the Thunder are addressing their depth issues first. Having two superstars in Russell Westbrook and PG13 is obviously great, yet the second unit for OKC has been rather lackluster.
This should help a bit. According to Shams Charania, Nerlens Noel and the Thunder have reached an agreement on a two-year deal.
Sources: Nerlens Noel will sign a two-year deal with Oklahoma City, including a player option in Year 2. https://t.co/b4UQeBEDUU— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2018
Back in 2015, Noel showed promise with 11.1 and 8.1 rebounds per game. Although he'll back up Steven Adams, the shot-blocking specialist might find a home in OKC.
Excellent signing for the Thunder, plus a wonderful opportunity for Nerlens Noel to rebuild his value in the same system that has helped Steven Adams develop. Noel is still only 24 and has shown plenty of elite defensive upside. Great deal. https://t.co/TYL7xi5ezr— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 2, 2018
Expecting an All-Star center out of Noel is completely unrealistic, but this signing donates the frontcourt help they desperately needed.
Following his struggles with the Mavericks, it'll be interesting to see if Noel can rediscover himself on a postseason roster.