cgf wrote: robillionaire wrote:
TBri1974 wrote:I was looking forward to bringing Noel back - I love the way he plays and think he has been huge for this team - but realistically someone is going to pay him a lot and want him to start (Sacramento, Charlotte, Boston - who knows). Assuming we see Mitch as the way forward and don't trade him prior to the draft (or during free agency), I think Noel will walk and we'll draft a center or give Mitch/Taj/Pelle/Randle a go. I would love Noel back, but I don't think we should go beyond 8-10 per year for him, and I see someone giving him at least 15 per and a chance to start full-time.
Maybe he likes being in New York. Maybe he likes working with Kenny Payne and Thibs and gives us a discount. Who knows really
We still shouldn't be committing any long-term money to him this summer when we have a younger & better version of him signed for nothing next season, need to upgrade on Elf this summer, and could be Max-hunting in the summer of 2022.
So if Nerlens is going to turn down a multi-year offer...again...then sure, but if he wants term he's probably going to have to get it somewhere else.
Thibs the other day commented that he’s the anchor of our defense, he might think he’s more important to our success than y’all do
“[Noel’s] gift is obviously the rim protection, obviously his pick-and-roll defense is outstanding. Those blocks were huge from us, got us into the open floor, created some easy scores,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He probably could have had a couple more. One he knocked in, the other one I thought was real close, it ended up being a goal tending play.
“And then he alters a lot of shots because everyone is looking for him. He has great value, he’s the anchor of the defense.”