NBA Rumors: Joel Embiid ready to change the game; imbalance pushes Noel, Okafor trade

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Joel Embiid back from injury to play in the pre-season as a Sixer

Joel Embiid underwent surgery for a broken navicular bone in his right foot a week before joining the NBA, yet the Philadephia 76ers selected him with their third pick overall despite the risks and believes he’s worth it.

Two seasons had passed and the Sixers still haven’t seen their expectations materialize, as Joel Embiid remains on the sidelines with his injury healing up slower than initially expected.

According to a report by the Morning News USA, we will finally be seeing Embiid perform for the first time during the pre-season for the Sixers.

“I just left my third consecutive day working out with Joel 45 minutes ago. Physically, mentally, recent medical scans, everything is pointing in the right direction. We’re just very excited,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

“There’s a real feel-good mentality right now in our city. I think everybody’s starting to get excited. Obviously, this is just one more phase, one more wave on how we build our program.

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The Sixers have put enough time, patience and money banking on the talented center as a possible game changer.

This also means that the team needs to fast track trading one of their centers- either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor to bring in a strong supporting cast around Ben Simmons.

Ben Simmons is known for his passing ability and the Sixers would benefit from positioning shooters around him.

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The Lakers’ Nick Young was rumored to be traded to the Sixers, same goes with Dario Saric. Kevin Love has not gelled well with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving with the Cavaliers and has been rumored for some time to be swapped with Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor.

Jahlil Okafor for the Cavaliers makes sense, as he would be a threat from inside the paint while Kevin Love could add more range to the Sixers with a player like Ben Simmons finding him in the right spots.

However, according to a report by Chat Sports, the Cavaliers are more interested in trading Kevin Love for Nerlens Noel, who’d be a good help defensively, providing support for their offense led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

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