Philadelphia 76ers Sending Nerlens Noel to Portland Trail Blazers for Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier, Picks?
The Nerlens Noel trade show is in full swing! Speculation abound as to where he will likely end up. One trade scenario has him shipped to the Portland Trail Blazers.Advertisement
Rip City took the league by storm last season, thanks to the improved play of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The team is poised to continue its NBA ascension this upcoming season.
Sir Charles In Charge noted that the Trail Blazers need a defensive upgrade in order to make their conference finals dream closer to reality. Acquiring Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers would be a step in the right direction.
Last season, the 6-foot-11 center had a better statistical campaign than Trail Blazers big men Mason Plumlee and Meyers Leonard. Noel averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, ESPN reported.
The 76ers would get young prospects Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier and a future first-round pick in exchange for Noel. Vonleh is a 6-foot-10 power forward who has a decent three-point shot. He can help stretch the floor for Jahlil Okafor and Ben Simmons. Meanwhile, Napier would be a more youthful option than Jerryd Bayless and Spanish veteran Sergio Rodriguez.
Word around the NBA is that the 76ers are nearing a trade involving either Noel or Jahlil Okafor. League sources believe Noel has a greater chance of being dealt. That’s because Okafor has more offensive upside than Noel. Also, the Duke standout can potentially develop into the next Tim Duncan.
The 76ers have already tried making the front court tandem work. Zach Harper of CBS Sports stated that Noel and Okafor “simply won’t fit together.”
During the 2015-2016 season, the 76ers were outscored by a margin of 20 points in 100 possessions when Noel and Okafor were on the court together. Neither are particularly good at the three-point line and both are notoriously inconsistent from the charity stripe.
The 76ers currently have a logjam at the center position. Apart from Noel and Okafor, the team will be fielding in Kansas stud Joel Embiid and Croatian sensation Dario Saric next season.