When Nerlens Noel fired Happy Walters in August and replaced him with Rich Paul, there were no new contract talks with the Dallas Mavericks.

Noel rejected a four-year deal with the Mavericks worth approximately $70 million.

Noel ultimately signed for the qualifying offer at $4.1 million for one season.

The Mavericks dropped Noel from the rotation and he underwent surgery on his left thumb.

"I have no idea," Noel told Bleacher Report when asked why he thinks he was removed from the rotation. "I know that I'm working hard and through it and making sure I'm going to always be ready when my number's called. Just make sure I'm on top of everything else, that I'm getting better, make sure I'm getting my extra work in so when that time comes to get back in the rotation, I'll be ready."