NBA Notebook: Nerlens Noel’s situation is warning sign for future restricted free agents

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When the summer began, Nerlens Noel was one of the restricted free agents that looked primed to get a big payday.

The 23-year-old escaped the big-man logjam in Philadelphia at last year’s trade deadline, as the Mavericks bought low on the impending free agent. Dallas sent only Justin Anderson and a pair of second round picks for Noel, a seemingly low price for a player not close to his prime who had career averages of 10 ppg and 7.5 rpg in a tough situation. Andrew Bogut was also included as salary filler, but was bought out by Philadelphia after the trade.