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NBA Trade Rumors Nerlens Noel: Where Will He Go Now

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NBA Trade Rumors Nerlens Noel: Where Will He Go Now

Unwarranted NBA trade rumors for the Philadelphia 76ers team have made its way on Monday. Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers has been included in the trade rumors recently as his team seemingly has too many centers to work with.

Noel has to share playing time with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid. Bryan Colangelo, Philadelphia 76ers president said in a report that “I don’t feel the need to make a trade. We’ve got a lot of talent.”

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In a report by the Inquisitr, Noel spoke about how he played only a total of 18 minutes against the L.A. Lakers over the last two games. This means that the rotation might leave him on the wrong side of a minutes-sharing situation.

It would be very hard for the coaches to give equal playing time for Okafor, Embiid and Noel in the games but it does give the team a lot of depth for the rest of the NBA season.

While the statements by Colangelo may reduce the NBA trade rumors, it could be a strategy that NBA fans have seen from other team presidents. According to The Inquisitr, this could be a ploy to deal with teams that are trying to get Noel at a bargain level price. This is an implied statement that they are not willing to lose Noel without getting something in return. It may also show that the 76ers are willing to give up Noel in free agency if it comes to that point during the NBA off-season.

In Basketball Reference, last season, Noel played in 67 games in 62 starts. He averaged 29.3 minutes, 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game. Noel is just 22 and with these scores, he has a promising NBA career ahead of him.

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What Team Will Noel Be Joining?

After expressing his upset reactions with the limited playing time, NBA trade rumors surfaced and linked him to teams such as the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks.

In a report by Fan Rag Sports Network, Noel can join the Boston Celtics. They are always involved in trades given their assets and team president Danny Ainge’s aggressive nature. Boston could use help in the frontcourt, and Noel’s length and athleticism would play well with the team’s stable of athletic defenders. So could Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors get some help.

The Dallas Mavericks need to improve their base of young talent, and Noel would be a natural replacement in the middle for Andrew Bogut when he moves on through trade or free agency. Getting Noel would not save Dallas this season, but it could set them up nicely for the future.

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But the most logical destination for Noel is the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers’ results this year have not been good and are last in the NBA with a defensive rating of 110.4 based on NBA.com. A top-notch rim protector like Noel could help in this team. More so when there is a good chance Festus Ezeli quits the team because of his knee surgery.

Noel may not be able to cover all of Portland’s poor perimeter defense but he would be an improvement in the middle and can provide Damian Lillard with a rim-running pick-and-roll option offensively. But at this point, the Blazers may not be willing to give up that much to welcome Noel.

With this, it becomes highly unlikely that the Nerlens Noel trade rumors will lead to a done deal anytime soon. But they need to make a deal soon for both the 76ers’ sake and Noel’s.

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