aakk9999 - 11:57 pm on Aug 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
I think this is too close to "Article submission" or "Guest blog posts" which are now also in Google's focus. So there is a risk. John Mueler said:
Generally speaking, if you are submitting articles for your websites or your client's websites, and you are including links to those web sites, that's probably something that I would nofollow because these aren't essentially natural links from that website.
Now, reading your post it seems this is not exactly your situation as, if I understood your opening well, it was you who decided to give him links rather than him asking for them when he was handing you the article. It appears though that, as it is his article (he wrote it), it would be good to nofollow links pointing to his website.
If you wrote the article about his website and had links pointing to his site, then this would be considered editorial freely given.
On the other hand, whether Google can actually figure this out from 2 articles per year you are given by him is another matter. But if you do link without nofollow attribute to his website, it could be safer to use his site/brand name rather than keywords. So it is up to you to asses the risk.
It was me who edited your title and added the word "misunderstanding" to it, the wording on Google misunderstanding was in the subtitle of the thread, which I had to remove. I appologise if this altered your thread title meaning.