NBA Rumors: Hawks Want Nerlens Noel To Replace Al Horford

NBA Rumors: Hawks Want Nerlens Noel To Replace Al Horford
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The Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers are discussing a trade that would send Nerlens Noel to A-Town and point guard Jeff Teague to the Sixers, according to a league insider.


On Thursday, The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported that Atlanta and Philadelphia have “discussed the deal recently, but an agreement isn’t imminent.”

Nerlens Noel to replace Al Horford?

The Hawks are reportedly moving on from all-star center Al Horford, who is likely to leave in free agency this summer. Though Horford has reiterated the possibility of staying put in Georgia, a source close to the team reckons that coach/president Mike Budenholzer is open to the idea of replacing Horford with a younger and more athletic big man such as Noel.

Last month, ESPN’s Mark Stein reported that Sixers were actively shipping both Noel and center Jahlil Okafor with hopes of shoring up their guard rotation. There are also reports of trading Okafor to Boston Celtics for the No. 3 pick, with which the Sixers hope to draft Jamaal Murray or Kris Dunn. Either way, the Sixers are sure to secure their new starting point guard soon.

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Sixers coach Brett Brown is willing trade assets to find the right players to build around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons (potentially). “Think about these types of resources. We have the first pick. We have the 24th and 26th pick. On our current roster, we have Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Jerami Grant [and] Robert Covington. We had a [2014] draft class that effectively redshirted in Joel Embiid and Dario Saric,” Brown told ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell last month.

In recent weeks, Noel has also been linked with Chicago Bulls – who are hoping to fill the void left by departing centers Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol. In fact, a report on Chicago Now revealed that Chicago would consider trading former MVP Derrick Rose for Noel.

Nerlens Noel averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks from 67 games last season.