The Philadelphia 76ers has been involved in a lot of NBA rumors this offseason since their frontcourt became glutted. According to the latest speculations, Nerlens Noel is the most likely player to be traded first before Jahlil Okafor or Joel Embiid.
The Sixers selected Ben Simmons first overall in this year’s draft while Dario Saric finally decided to play in the United States. The arrival of the two, as well as the improving health of Joel Embiid’s foot, means there are too much front court players with potential in Philadelphia.
Since the start of the offseason, NBA rumors have surrounding Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Noel has been linked with teams such as the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors.
On the other hand, Okafor has also been rumored to be going to teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and the Celtics. However, no trade has been made despite all the NBA rumors around the two players.
According to Arthur Hill of Hoops Rumors, Nerlens Noel will likely get traded first before Okafor or even Joel Embiid. He noted that the 22-year-old stalwart has the most value due to Okafor’s defensive woes and Embiid’s health.
“Noel is eligible for a rookie contract extension through October 31st, so that may factor into the Sixers’ thinking. If they can’t sign him long-term, he may be the one to go,” Hill added.
CSN New England reported last week that Nerlens Noel is very open to a trade and his preferred destination is Boston. Noel is from Massachusetts and he is the perfect complement to Al Horford in the Celtics’ frontcourt.
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