The Cleveland Cavaliers are being linked to a possible trade involving Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel. Noel has been a subject of numerous trade rumors over the past several weeks.
The Cavaliers, who have yet to make earth-shaking moves this summer, need to bolster their roster to keep in step with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are considered favorites to win the title next season after signing Kevin Durant earlier in the offseason.
According to Sports Illustrated’s FanSided, the Cavaliers should go after Noel. In the proposed trade scenario, the Cavaliers will acquire Noel – and possibly Carl Landry – in exchange for Iman Shumpert and Jordan McRae.
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Why Will The Cavaliers Agree To The Deal
Shumpert was a vital factor during Cleveland’s title run this season, knocking down crucial shots and providing solid defensive presence. On the other hand, McRae had limited opportunities last season but could become a consistent contributor in years to come.
Losing Shumpert and McRae could be costly for the Cavaliers. But giving up both guards for Noel could work wonders for the Cavaliers in years to come. The 22-year-old could solidify Cleveland’s frontcourt with his defense and timely contribution on the other end of the floor.
Noel, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, had injury issues during the draft year but has been relatively healthy in his first two seasons in the league. The former Kentucky standout posted 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in 67 games last season.
Why Will The 76ers Give Up Noel For Shumpert, McRae
The 76ers are looking to speed up their rebuilding process. They drafted Ben Simmons as the first overall pick this year and are set to welcome Joel Embiid next season.
With Embiid’s arrival, 76ers president of basketball operations and general manager Bryan Colangelo admitted that they could trade Noel in the coming months. “There’s no question you can look at our roster and say we have some unbalance,” Colangelo told SiriusXM Radio via RealGM.
Moving Noel for Shumpert and McRae will give Philadelphia a more balanced roster in the upcoming season. Shumpert will be a solid backcourt partner for Simmons, while McRae could provide huge scoring lift off the bench.