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NBA Rumors: Multiple teams interested in giving Nerlens Noel max contract

Noel is poised for a massive payday this summer. How big will it be?

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With the NBA's CBA continually raising higher and higher over the years, more NBA players are in line to receive major contracts. While midline deals will be higher than in year's past, new max contracts will be reaching higher payouts than they ever have in league history.

One player in particular that may be due for a new max deal, according to Mike Fisher of, is former Kentucky Wildcats center Nerlens Noel. If that’s the case, Noel will be signing a deal in the neighborhood of $108,575,000 over four years.

The Dallas Mavericks acquired Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers in last February's trade deadline and has done enough for the Mavericks to want to keep him around long term.

Noel has always been a defensive powered big, which is what proves him to be so valuable. The numbers obviously don't jump off the page in terms of Noel's statistics. Part of that was due to the fact he only played 20 minutes per game last season.

The full potential of Noel has yet to be reached, but there's plenty of potential remaining. When playing at least 30 minutes last season, though it was just four games, Noel averaged 14.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

If the Mavericks are willing to offer Noel a max contract going forward, it will surely be for good reason. Being able to find a long-term home with a good basketball atmosphere with great coaching, such as Dallas, can only lead to good things for Noel for the next few years of his career.

Noel would also become the latest former Wildcats star to earn a massive NBA payday, following the likes of DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter.