Knicks sign center Nerlens Noel to one-year, $5 million deal
The Knicks’ Kentucky contingent grew by one on Saturday night.
Nerlens Noel agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal to join the Knicks, ESPN reported, providing depth at center behind Mitchell Robinson.
The 6-foot-10 Noel, the No. 6 overall pick by the 76ers in 2013, spent last season with the Thunder, averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while offering a defensive presence.
The 26-year-old developed at Kentucky under former Wildcats assistant and new Knicks assistant coach Kenny Payne. Noel becomes the fourth Kentucky product on the Knicks roster, joining Julius Randle, Kevin Knox and newly drafted point guard Immanuel Quickley.
Earlier, the Knicks brought back Elfrid Payton, agreeing to a one-year, $5 million deal to fill the team’s hole at point guard, The Post’s Marc Berman confirmed.
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