Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers who are reportedly nearing to close the trade deal between Nerlens Noel and the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly serious in taking Ben Simmons to be number one overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. However, the Sixers also revealed that they are in need of a starting point and their preferred target is Kris Dunn. Since the Boston Celtics are reportedly trading their third overall pick, the Sixers might consider putting either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel in the trading block.
There were previous rumors that the Boston Celtics are eyeing Jahlil Okafor from the Sixers. However, according to Jon Johnson of Sports Radio 94 Wip, the Celtics are interested on Noel, not Okafor. Brian Geltzeiler of hoopscritic.com said the same thing on his Twitter post and added that the Celtics are already having trade talks with the Sixers.
Darryn Albert of Larry Brown Sports noted some benefits that the Boston Celtics could get in acquiring Nerlens Noel:
“An athletic, instinctive rim guardian like Noel who can also switch on pick-and-rolls and seal off perimeter penetration would be a godsend for Boston. While Amir Johnson is an excellent interior defender, the Celtics had a tough time coaxing adequate defensive performances out of their big man trio of Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger, and Kelly Olynyk. On Philadelphia’s end of things, Noel shares some positional overlap with the guy it looks like they will be choosing No. 1 overall, Ben Simmons.”
It is undeniable that the Boston Celtics are one of the best NBA teams right now. However, knowing Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, he wants his team to win the championship title and not just enter the playoffs. There were speculations that the Celtics are still eyeing for Kevin Love and Kevin Durant but there have been no strong evidence that they could sign either one of the superstars.
On the other hand, getting the third overall pick can lead to higher chance for the Philadelphia 76ers to grab Kris Dunn in the 2016 NBA draft. The Sixers are desperately in need of a starting point guard and Dunn would be a good fit for the role.
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