Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers who are reportedly having trade talks involving center Nerlens Noel and shooting guard Terrence Ross
The Toronto Raptors had a successful season after managing to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. In the recent free agency, The Raptors succeeded to re-sign their superstar DeMar DeRozan to a five-year deal worth $140 million. However, they failed to keep backup center Bismack Biyombo after receiving a high offer from the Orlando Magic.
Before Biyombo left, there were rumors that the Raptors were trying to trade Terrence Ross to make salary cap room for him. According to Bruce Arthur of Toronto Star, trade talks between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors happened on the draft night. However, the Sixers are only offering center/power forward Nerlens Noel in return and the Raptors wanted them to add more.
The Philadelphia 76ers currently have a crowded frontcourt with the arrival of Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. With this, Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo is thinking of trading either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor in exchange of a shooter who can give boosts in their backcourt.
The Sixers recently acquired Ben Simmons in the 2016 NBA draft as number one overall pick. Simmons is a point forward so having a shooter to surround him will make sense. The Sixers offered a two-year deal worth $30 million to Spurs veteran shooting guard Manu Ginobili but failed to acquire him after the San Antonio matched the offer.
The Sixers could engage a straight swap with the Raptors between Nerlens Noel and Terrence Ross. The Raptors are currently in need of a power forward and Noel could be the best fit for the role. Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo was the one who drafted Terrence Ross so it will not be a surprise if they will pursue the deal.
If the deal becomes successful, it will surely benefit both teams in filling up the need in their roster.
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