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Rick Carlisle on Noel’s DNP: ‘Minutes Have to be Earned’

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Center Nerlens Noel, who turned down a four-year, $70 million contract from the Dallas Mavericks before eventually settling for the one-year qualifying offer, did not play in Saturday’s 111-104 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a coach’s decision.

Coach Rick Carlisle, who mentioned that matchups made it difficult for traditional centers to play against Cleveland, said that Salah Mejri had earned playing time over Noel at this point. “Look, minutes have to be earned,” Carlisle said. “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.”

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Pistons Exercise Team Option to Keep Reggie Bullock

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The Pistons retained wing Reggie Bullock by exercising their team option for an economical $2.5 million for next season. It was a predictable outcome for Bullock, who had a breakout season with career highs of 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 44.5 percent on 3-pointers — which ranked second in the NBA — last season.

Source: The Detriot News via HoopsHype

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Sources: Nets, Shabazz Napier Agree to Deal

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Free-agent guard Shabazz Napier has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN.

The deal includes a team option on the second year, league sources said.

Napier’s pro career blossomed in the past two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged a career-best 8.7 points and 20 minutes a game last year.

Napier, 27, will join a guard rotation for the Nets that includes D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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2018 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Cavaliers, Channing Frye Agree to Deal

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Free agent Channing Frye has agreed to a one-year, $2.4M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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