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Rumor Central: Nerlens Noel moves to Klutch Sports

UPDATE: According to Mike Scatto of Basketball Insiders and confirmed by The Dallas Morning News, Noel has moved from agent Happy Walters to Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.

Paul’s top NBA clients include LeBron James (Cavs), John Wall (Wizards), Tristan Thompson (Cavs), Ben Simmons (Sixers), Eric Bledsoe (Suns) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Lakers).

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NBA training camps open in about five weeks, and center Nerlens Noel has yet to sign a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Noel believes he’s worthy of a max contract, but that is not coming his way from the Mavericks. As a result, the four-year NBA veteran is considering changing agents, according to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan. Noel had been with agent Andy Miller, but dropped him in December to sign with Happy Walters of Catalyst Sports and Media.

Rumor CentralBack in July, Walters blamed the Mavericks for the lack of progress in re-signing Noel.

“We’re very disappointed with where things stand,” Walters said. “Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we’re still waiting on a serious offer.”

As a restricted free agent, Noel has zero leverage, since no other remaining NBA team with significant salary-cap room is willing to tender a high-dollar offer sheet. At this point, Noel can accept the $4,187,599 qualifying offer from Dallas, which would make him an unrestricted free agent in 2018, or sign the multiyear deal that is currently on the table from the Mavericks.

Noel is obviously not thrilled with the Mavericks’ offer, and he may feel that another high-powered agent can get him a better deal, which is why Walters could be dropped.

Noel joined Dallas on Feb. 23 as part of a multiplayer trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. In 22 appearances with the Mavericks, 12 starts, Noel averaged 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

— Nick Silva

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/44468/rumor-central-will-mavericks-free-agent-nerlens-noel-switch-agents

Survey: Rookies like Mavs’ Smith to win ROY

2:58 PM ET

The 2017 NBA rookie class is bullish on Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr.

In a survey of 39 rookies conducted by NBA.com, Smith was voted most likely to win Rookie of the Year.

Smith, the No. 9 draft pick, received 25.7 percent of the vote, while No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball received 20 percent and top pick Markelle Fultz received 17.1 percent.

Vegas split on Ball, Simmons as ROY favorite

Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball opened as the 9-5 favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year at William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook, but Westgate SuperBook went with Sixers forward Ben Simmons as the favorite at 5-2.

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  • Smith impressed scouts — and his fellow rookies, apparently — with standout athleticism and explosiveness in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 17.8 points per game. He figures to play significant minutes in his first NBA season.

    It’s worth noting that this poll doesn’t have a strong history of predicting the eventual award winner. The players surveyed have correctly predicted the Rookie of the Year just once since 2007; Kevin Durant won the award that season. Last season, then-Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kris Dunn (now with the Chicago Bulls) was predicted to win the award, which went to the Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon.

    Rookies were also asked to name their favorite player. Somewhat surprisingly, two-time MVP Stephen Curry didn’t receive a vote. The voting total for Durant, Curry’s Golden State Warriors teammate, decreased significantly from past surveys. Durant had been the rookies’ favorite player for the past three years, according to the survey.

    This season it was LeBron James, followed by Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard. This is only the second time in eight years that James was named the rookies’ favorite player; 2012 is the other.

    In other voting categories, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell was voted as the “biggest steal” in the draft based on where he was selected. Mitchell, who was picked 13th by the Jazz, also played well in summer league, scoring 24 points per game.

    Phoenix’s Josh Jackson was voted as the top defender in the rookie class. The Kansas standout received 26.3 percent of the vote, followed by Golden State’s Jordan Bell (23.7 percent) and Mitchell (21.1 percent).

    Lastly, Ball and Boston’s Jayson Tatum were tied in the voting for the rookie most likely to have the best overall career. Jackson and Smith tied for third in the category.

    Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20417960/nba-rookies-believe-dennis-smith-jr-dallas-mavericks-win-rookie-year

    Mavericks sign former Jazz center Withey

    DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent center Jeff Withey, who spent the past two seasons with the Utah Jazz.

    The 7-foot Withey averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 51 games last season. He made one start. He has career averages of 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in four seasons with New Orleans and Utah.

    Withey was a four-year player at Kansas.

    The Mavericks still haven’t signed restricted free-agent center Nerlens Noel to a long-term deal. He has a qualifying offer and is expected to remain with Dallas after the Mavericks acquired him at the trading deadline last season.

    Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20409452/dallas-mavericks-sign-former-utah-jazz-center-jeff-withey

    Rumor Central: Will Mavericks free agent Nerlens Noel switch agents?

    NBA training camps open in about five weeks, and center Nerlens Noel has yet to sign a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Noel believes he’s worthy of a max contract, but that is not coming his way from the Mavericks. As a result, the four-year NBA veteran is considering changing agents, according to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan. Noel had been with agent Andy Miller, but dropped him in December to sign with Happy Walters of Catalyst Sports Media.

    Rumor CentralBack in July, Walters blamed the Mavericks for the lack of progress in re-signing Noel.

    “We’re very disappointed with where things stand,” Walters said. “Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we’re still waiting on a serious offer.”

    As a restricted free agent, Noel has zero leverage, since no other remaining NBA team with significant salary-cap room is willing to tender a high-dollar offer sheet. At this point, Noel can accept the $4,187,599 qualifying offer from Dallas, which would make him an unrestricted free agent in 2018, or sign the multiyear deal that is currently on the table from the Mavericks.

    Noel is obviously not thrilled with the Mavericks’ offer, and he may feel that another high-powered agent can get him a better deal, which is why Walters could be dropped.

    Noel joined Dallas on Feb. 23 as part of a multiplayer trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. In 22 appearances with the Mavericks, 12 starts, Noel averaged 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

    — Nick Silva

    Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/44468/rumor-central-will-mavericks-free-agent-nerlens-noel-switch-agents

    SportsNation — #NBACereals incites Twitter Photoshop war between teams

    The NBA offseason has brought about some surprises — including a Twitter war over Photoshopped cereal boxes?

    Yep, you read that right.

    The #NBACereals Twitter thread began Thursday morning, when the Cleveland Cavaliers got things started with this tweet:

    Then the Atlanta Hawks chimed in, followed by the Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers and Dallas Mavericks.

    The Denver Nuggets had a bit of a different take.

    The Miami Heat joined the conversation and the Hornets struck again. The Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers jumped in, too.

    Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley shared his twist on Cap’n Crunch.

    Take it from these NBA teams (and Conley): Eat your breakfast.

    — Alex Tekip

    Article source: http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/story/_/page/QTP_180810nbacereals/sportsnation-nbacereals-incites-twitter-photoshop-war-teams

    Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr. joins Currys on Under Armour team

    2:16 PM ET

    The most marketable NBA players are typically guards. Players with the ball in their hands — explosive attackers with an endless flair to their game. As kids look up to and spend endless hours in front-yard hoops emulating their every move, brands are left constantly looking for the next great athletes who can translate into equally great endorsers.

    Dennis Smith Jr. checks all of those boxes, leading Under Armour to sign the Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard and No. 9 overall 2017 draft pick to a three-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal worth as much as $2 million per year with incentives, according to sources. The brand plans to incorporate him immediately as one of its key featured basketball players right out the gate.

    “I am definitely excited to be a part of team Under Armour as I get ready to go into [training] camp for my rookie year,” Smith Jr. said. “Under Armour is an explosive brand in basketball right now, and I’m excited to join Stephen [Curry] and Seth [Curry] and the team at UA in making our mark together.”

    Unlike most incoming rookies this summer, Smith decided to wait until well after the NBA draft to sign his sneaker deal. The majority of the players selected among the top 10 picks — save for Lonzo Ball‘s unique Big Baller Brand venture — each signed their endorsement deals during the month of June.

    As often happens throughout the industry, given that there are millions of dollars potentially on the line and marketing commitments to be made, brands will do their research on not just a player’s ability on the floor, but his or her character, demeanor and personality off it. In Smith’s case, one of his new teammates, Under Armour endorser Seth Curry, vouched for him after they got to know each other at the Mavericks practice facility earlier in the summer.

    “Seth was able to spend some time with him, and Seth was telling me how good of a person he is,” Stone said. “Coming from Seth, and understanding what the Curry family is all about, that really resonated with us.”

    As Dennis Smith Jr. prepares to embark on his rookie season, he’ll be among a few select players leading the new Drive 4 team shoe. During Summer League, Smith wore the sneaker in a custom-made edition inspired by some of his favorite TV shows of the ’90s. Under Armour just so happens to have one of their flagship “Brand House” stores in Dallas, where they’ll look to feature Smith in both in-store marketing, as well as launch exclusive products.

    More than anything, the two are looking to build on their underdog mindset together as Under Armour continues to find its way in the footwear business and Smith looks to make his mark in the league.

    “If you look at all the other brands we’re competing with, we’re not even a quarter of their size and we’re the underdog. Dennis was overlooked in the draft. We’re both still trying to climb a mountain,” Stone said. “He has a lot of hunger to be on top. Hopefully, we can really partner with him and not just have some transactional relationship. We’re looking to have a real partnership with him and help him get to those places that he wants to go.”

    Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20279612/nba-dallas-mavericks-rookie-dennis-smith-jr-signs-armour-deal