Rumor: Raptors, Kings & Mavericks Among Teams With Sights Set on Free Agent Centre

There are some spots on the floor that seem to always be in demand. Center is definitely one of them. Take the free agency of backup center Nerlens Noel—he is one of the hottest commodities on the market this offseason. At least 5 teams have been connected to him already. 

The Toronto Raptors are desperate for a big man on defense, after losing Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol over the last two offseasons. They struggled to fill the spot adequately for most of the '20-'21 season.  

The Sacramento Kings' interest, according to Scotto's report, depends on what happens with their own free-agent center, Richaun Holmes.

According to yet another report, the Dallas Mavericks are considering bringing back Noel. 

Dallas has a dearth of defense at the center position, seemingly finally aware that Kristaps Porzingis is not the answer there. The last time the Mavs offered Noel a contract, in 2017, he made one of the worst decisions in NBA free agent history, turning down Mark Cuban's offer of $70 million dollars. In the four seasons since then, Noel has made a total of $12 million. 

Nevertheless, the 7-year veteran has established himself as a solid defensive option at the 5, and was the only player in the league to average at least 2 blocks and 1 steal per game this season. 

Other teams with Noel on their radar, according to varying sources, include the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, and his current team, the New York Knicks. 

With a bit of a bidding war in the offing, Noel might just get a chunk of that lost money back, after all. 

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