Nerlens Noel is one of two players speculated to be on the move before the 2016-17 NBA wars start, the other being Jahlil Okafor. Noel has been around longer (by a year) and has proven his value despite the Philadelphia 76ers woes.
The Sixers are packed with big men right now. The frontcourt all the more got crowded with the coming of Ben Simmons and there is of course the yet-to-play Joel Embiid. Dario Saric is also coming aboard and all these point to diminished minutes.
It technically deprives Noel (and the other guys) of playing their best. The Sixers are expected to unload them with Noel and Okafor leading the list.
Okafor has been linked to teams like the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Nothing has official gone down though anything is possible moving forward. How about Nerlens Noel?
Deal With Brooklyn?
Seeing the potential of Noel, a possible stop could be the Brooklyn Nets. They do have Brook Lopez at center plus some credible forwards to support him. That list includes Luis Scola, Trevor Booker and Chris McCollough.
Noel is however an athletic forward that could up the stakes. He is still young at 23 and could be someone head coach Kenny Atkinson could seriously consider.
There is a bit of a catch for Noel. He is expected to be a restricted free agent by the end of the 2016-17 NBA season. To boost his stock, he needs to play and show his wares to line up for a lucrative paycheck when the 2017 free agency period comes around.
The Nets are looming as a good place for Noel to break out some more. That however depends if the Sixers and the Nets can come to a workable deal.