Nets decline to sign Nerlens Noel to second contract

Nerlens Noel’s 10-day contract expired Wednesday and the Nets won’t be signing the center to another one.

The 28-year-old appeared in three games since joining the Nets after starting the season with Detroit.

The sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft was brought on to backup Nic Claxton, with Ben Simmons out indefinitely and former first-round pick Day’Ron Sharpe unable to get off the bench.

Jacque Vaughn is expected to address Simmons’ health Thursday.

The 6-foot-11 Noel played significant time in the Nets win in Houston and loss in Milwaukee on their recent five-game road trip, but only seven minutes in the three games since.

He had six rebounds in 18 minutes in the loss to the Bucks.

Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel
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“It’s interesting, as I was talking to one of the coaches, sometimes you get a 10-day [contract] and that guy doesn’t play,” Vaughn said before Tuesday’s game. “And [Noel] has had ample playing time… So [we’ve] had a chance to get a look at him. I think what he’s done is [taken] charges, blocks at the rim, the ability to have activity when using his speed and quickness. So those are the things we’ve seen from Nerlens.”

Noel has been a disappointment since playing at Kentucky, including the previous two seasons with the Knicks.

Cam Thomas went from being the talk of the NBA to out of the Nets’ rotation.

The second-year guard, who made headlines when he scored 40-plus points in three straight games following the departures of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last month, has become nearly invisible, seemingly replaced as Spencer Dinwiddie’s backup by the more experienced Seth Curry.

Cam Thomas
Nets guard Cam Thomas

The 21-year-old has not played more than seven minutes in a game since March 1 and he has sat out twice in the Nets’ last five games.

With Thomas out, Curry has found himself back on the court.

After barely playing for most of February, Curry reentered the rotation on March 1, following three straight Nets losses.

In his first game getting meaningful minutes again, Curry struggled from the floor and the Knicks sent the Nets to their fourth consecutive defeat.

But Curry has followed that with mostly solid play, and the Nets have won five of seven.

The 32-year-old Curry is in his 10th NBA season and appeared in the playoffs four times, while Thomas appeared for just 22 seconds in the Nets’ four-game sweep to the Celtics in the playoffs last season.