With the retirement of Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly eyeing to find his future replacement and can be a good backup with Paul Gasol. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Spurs will be trading Patty Mills and a future draft pick for Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers.
No one can deny the fact that Tim Duncan is a huge loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The 40-year-old center/power forward decided to end his 19-year NBA career. Luckily, before he made the announcement, the Spurs found his temporary replacement in free agency – Pau Gasol.
However, it is undeniable the Gasol’s performance has tremendously gone down when suffered lots of injuries. Also, the 36-year-old Spanish big man only signed a two-year deal and can’t expect to keep up with LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.
Luckily, there are quality young big men who are reportedly on the trading block. Names of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor are frequently mentioned in various trade rumors in the past months. The arrival of Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons made the Sixers’ frontcourt crowded.
Before the three big men joined the Sixers, there were reports saying that Noel and Okafor could not coexist and having a hard time finding the right chemistry. Though Okafor is more marketable, Noel could look more attractive for a team who is in need of a quality rim protector.
According to SportsBlog, Nerlens Noel will be the smart choice for the San Antonio Spurs. Since Noel is set to become a free agent next summer, the Spurs could get him in a cheaper deal than Jahlil Okafor. Also, Noel has not been involved in off the court issues, unlike Okafor.
In a suggested trade scenario, the Spurs could trade either shooting guard Danny Green or point guard Patty Mills together with future draft picks to acquire Nerlens Noel. The Sixers currently need to bolster their backcourt and unclog their frontcourt to see the effectiveness of their young players.
Meanwhile, Nerlens Noel will be a great addition to the San Antonio Spurs and could possibly form the future big three with LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.
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