Joel Embiid has made a good impression for the Philadelphia 76ers despite losing in their first regular season game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. A group of NBA analysts believed that the Sixers will be trading Nerlens Noel during the 2016-17 NBA season.
NBA analysts David Aldridge, Steve Aschburner, Fran Blinebury, Scott Howard-Cooper, Shaun Powell, John Schuhmann, Sekou Smith, Ian Thomsen, and Lang Whitaker had a discussion about whom among DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, and Nerlens Noel will be traded.
Almost all of them selected Nerlens Noel as the center who will most likely to be traded during the 2016-17 NBA season. Recalling in the past months, Noel expressed his frustration for having three starting-caliber centers on their team. Though he is not demanding a trade yet, reports revealed that he is ‘very open’ to be traded once the Sixers decide to make that decision.
“I have to believe that in the first third of the season, they trade one of their three bigs. It will probably be Noel. He can defend, but he’s really light in the ass—very thin,” an NBA scout said, revealing that Nerlens Noel could be traded earlier this season.
Nerlens Noel is currently recovering from an injury and expected to be sidelined for three to five weeks. If Embiid continues to improve his skills and mesh well with Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers could make an early decision to trade Noel.
According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Sixers could trade Nerlens Noel to the New Orleans Pelicans.
“Noel wants out and the Philadelphia 76ers have indicated they’ll ultimately thin their frontcourt herd. Sending Noel to the Pelicans would be an easy move for both teams. The Pelicans need a more agile, mobile center to defend today’s stretch fives and such than Omer Asik, and Noel is still on his rookie deal. Philly isn’t anywhere near the cap and could take an expiring contract back or a two-way guard like Langston Galloway with no difficulty,” Aldridge wrote.
In a suggested trade scenario, the Sixers could send Noel to the Pelicans for Langston Galloway and a future draft pick. However, the Sixers will need to wait until December since Galloway just signed a free agent deal. If this trade proceeds, it will surely help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster.
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