NBA Trade Rumors: Toronto Raptors To Acquire Nerlens Noel?
The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers have valuable assets at their disposal. Both teams could end up filling each other’s roster deficiencies before the trade deadline.Advertisement
Bismack Biyombo left the Toronto Raptors this offseason. The Congolese cager agreed to a four-year, $70 million deal with the Orlando Magic in July.
As of the moment, The Canada-based squad doesn’t have a high-energy substitute for starting center Jonas Valanciunas. Having a dependable rim protector coming off the bench played a huge role in the team’s success last season.
Michael Saenz of Sir Charles in Charge proposed that the Toronto Raptors should trade for Nerlens Noel. At this stage of his young career, Noel plays similarly to the much older Biyombo. Basketball pundits predict that he could develop into the next Dikembe Mutombo.
The Philadelphia 76ers couldn’t care any less. The team already has Jahlil Okafor and Ben Simmons to build around. Okafor is considered by many as the heir apparent to Tim Duncan. As for Simmons, hall-of-fame center Shaquille O’Neal has compared him to LeBron James.
“He’s a LeBron-type player,” O’Neal told CSN Philly. “What I mean by that, LeBron does a nice job of making everybody else around him better — passing the ball, doing the small things — and Ben is that type of player.”
The Philadelphia 76ers want to form a balanced roster around Okafor and Simmons. Trading Noel to the Toronto Raptors would net them Delon Wright and Norman Powell.
The two quality reserves would provide youth and athleticism off the bench. This is particularly useful since veterans Jerryd Bayless and Gerald Henderson, who are in their late 20s, are expected to start for team.
Wright and Powell are above-average three-point shooters. They are the kind of teammates Simmons needs.
The 6-foot-10 Australian phenom will be the point forward on the court. It would be best for him to have two long-range marksmen awaiting his pass than to have two low-post players demanding the ball in the paint.