DALLAS — Center Nerlens Noel, who turned down a four-year, $70 million contract from the Dallas Mavericks earlier than ultimately settling for the one-year qualifying provide, didn’t play in Saturday’s 111-104 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a coach’s resolution.
Coach Rick Carlisle, who talked about that matchups made it tough for conventional facilities to play in opposition to Cleveland, stated that Salah Mejri had earned enjoying time over Noel at this level.
“Look, minutes have to be earned,” Carlisle stated. “At this point, if it’s between him and Salah, Salah has earned the minutes. There’s no doghouse here. There just isn’t. It’s pretty simple: You compete, and if you earn minutes, you get minutes. And you’ve got to compete to keep them, because it’s a competitive situation.”
Noel stated he wasn’t pissed off by not getting the chance to play Saturday evening, emphasizing that he would stay prepared.
“I’m good, I’m good,” Noel stated. “I’m a very self-confident player. I know I can go in there and change games. When my number is called, I’ll do just that and help some winning efforts. That’s all my play style is about, is just winning. When I’m called on, I’ll bring my winning effort.”
Noel is making $four.2 million this season and shall be an unrestricted free agent subsequent summer time. He settled for the qualifying provide after Mavs proprietor Mark Cuban pulled the $70 million deal off the desk, a response for Noel’s request for a most deal, based on sources.
Noel, who fired agent Happy Walters and employed Rich Paul to symbolize him after negotiations with the Mavs went bitter over the summer time, is averaging 5.5 factors, 5.6 rebounds and zero.eight blocks in 17.2 minutes per recreation this season.
“I’ve just been focused on just coming in here and doing what I have to do, focused on the season, playing hard when I’m in the game,” Noel stated. “I’m just keeping everything simplified. Things are going to come, things are going to play out. I’m just really focused on getting better and better and supporting my guys.”
Carlisle defined to Noel his concern about matching up in opposition to the Cavs’ perimeter-shooting middle. Noel revered the coach’s resolution however says he believes he can defend shooters equivalent to Kevin Love, who had 29 factors and 15 rebounds within the recreation, and Channing Frye.
“Me personally? I think I can match up on anybody,” stated Noel, who was labeled a “Tyson Chandler starter equipment” by Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson after arriving in Dallas in a commerce from the Philadelphia 76ers final season.
Mejri had six factors and 4 rebounds in 10 minutes in opposition to the Cavs and was the one Dallas participant to complete with a constructive plus-minus (plus-2). The remainder of the middle minutes went to Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell, a pair of transformed energy forwards.
Noel performed solely six minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Washington Wizards, Dallas’ second victory of the season. Mejri, who didn’t play in 4 of the Mavs’ first 5 video games this season, had 10 factors, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks in 25 minutes in opposition to the Wizards.
“Our guys have to have an edge. No one’s given anything,” Carlisle stated. “That’s how we’ve got to do things. The situation like we’re in with a tough schedule, a lot of tough opponents, record’s not good right now, competing is what it’s all about.”