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NBA Trade Rumors: Nerlens Noel for Shaun Livingston? Why Warriors won’t give up veteran guard for promising defensive big man

The trio of Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa proved too much for the Cavaliers to handle as they drew first blood beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-89 to take Game One of the NBA Finals Thursday at the Oracle Arena.

The Golden State Warriors are still searching for chemistry with more than half the team as new additions via free agency or trades. There are already NBA trade rumors, like dealing Shaun Livingston for Nerlens Noel, surrounding the team that made back-to-back NBA Finals.

However, this trade is ill-advised for many reasons, both from the Warriors’ and the Philadelphia 76ers’ perspective.

For Golden State, they don’t want to lose the “glue guy” for the team as Livingston has proven he can play his role effectively despite the limited minutes. He is not only a back-up of two-time MVP Stephen Curry but a reliable wingman that can play both guard positions and even the small forward position when defending the opposition’s bigger backcourt players.

For Philadelphia, this trade does not make sense too. The Sixers management were vocal in saying that they want a more “balanced roster” to enter the 2016-2017 NBA Season but they wont just trade a promising big man like Noel just for the sake of a trade.

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Livingston is not a young prospect and has had history of major injuries. If the Sixers are going to trade Noel, or Jahlil Okafor, who is also on the trading block, they’d prefer to deal with other teams that can offer them young wingman or backcourt prospects.

Earlier NBA trade rumors have mentioned Sixers-Minnesota Timberwolves possible deals involving Ricky Rubio or Zach LaVine. Both players are younger than Livingston and better prospects for the future of Philadelphia.

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There is a slim chance that the Sixers settle for someone like Livingston in any trade involving Nerlens Noel. This is just an unfair trade from the start as only the Warriors will improve with this trade.

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