Nerlens Noel backs out as OKC Thunder ink Mike Muscala

Mike Muscala #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
Mike Muscala #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images) /

The OKC Thunder are off to a wild start to this year’s NBA Free Agency. After seeing Nerlens Noel back out of a commitment to re-sign, Sam Presti quickly inked Mike Muscala to a contract.

The night started slow for the OKC Thunder and general manager Sam Presti. While the rest of the NBA world rushed into free agency throwing money around with players going off the board left and right, Presti and the Thunder, like usual, stay silent.

As the dust settled from the first wave of NBA free agency news, Sam Presti reportedly agreed to a new contract with Nerlens Noel, who earlier this week opted out of his deal with OKC to hit the open market. Woj sent out this tweet, and the Thunder fanbase went crazy.

However, shortly after Adrian Wojnarowski let that tweet fly, Nerlens Noel took to his personal Instagram to simply post a pair of question marks, leaving OKC Thunder fans to question everything.

With OKC fans on high alert, the dreaded Woj notification came across everyone’s phone. Nerlens Noel decided to back out of his commitment with OKC, and for almost the first time, a Woj report was deemed fake news.

As Thunder fans licked their wounds, Sam Presti wasted no time getting back out there, like someone going through a bad break out, Presti moved on fast and before Thunder fans could even piece together what happened he had a new free agent signed.

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Mike Muscala was apart of the Carmelo Anthony for Dennis Schroder trade last offseason when Atlanta shipped him to the 76ers, but now he seems to have inked a deal with the Thunder (though no deal is official until July 6th when players can put pen to paper.)

While this is not as bad as the entire Clippers team kidnapping DeAndre Jordan and locking him in his house until he back out of his commitment with the Dallas Mavericks, it also is not something you see every day.

As for Mike Muscala, the Thunder got a guy who they hope can do what they expected out of Patrick Patterson. A power forward that can space the floor and knock down 3 pointers, something Muscala has done at a 36 percent clip over the course of his NBA career.

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