Nerlens Noel, the Sixers big man, faces an uncertain future in Philadelphia and could be traded prior to training camp or ahead of February’s trade deadline, per several reports.
Ever since draft night in June, the Sixers have reportedly tried to find an apt trade for Noel, who finds himself lost in an overcrowded Philadelphia frontcourt that features Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Jahlil Okafor and Ben Simmons.
Zach Harper of CBS Sports has made an interesting trade proposition for the Sixers and Houston Rockets.
Haper reckons a package of Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker and protected 1st-rounder should be enough to entice the Sixers to trade Noel to Houston.
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According to Harper, the Sixers would be thrilled to pair Beverley with Ben Simmons since they are desperate for a steady defensive presence on the perimeter.
“Defensively, Beverley is one of the top guards in the NBA and he’s a solid 3-point shooter. That’s the kind of guy you want to put next to Simmons if he’s going to be your primary playmaker.”
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Nerlens Noel a good fit in Houston?
The Rockets have added Nene as a one-year solution at the 5 spot while new acquisition Ryan Anderson is projected to start as a stretch-4 for coach Mike D’Antoni.
Even though Clint Capela has shown a ton of promise, Houston doesn’t yet have a long term plan to shore up its frontcourt defense. This Hoops Habit writer reckons the Rockets are desperate for a defensive-minded center.
“Even though Clint Capela has shown signs of an NBA-caliber starter, they (Houston) lack depth in the frontcourt with veteran Nene on board as a 1-year solution and Montrezl Harrell still to develop into a decent rotational player,” opined the writer.
Zach Harper feels a frontcourt of Capela and Noel would shore up Houston’s frontcourt defense.
“Having Capela and Noel gives you a great rotation of rim protectors inside, which is a real need with guys like James Harden and Ryan Anderson not exactly being lock-down perimeter defenders.”
Should the Rockets and Sixers consider the trade scenario? Remember, Nerlens Noel will be a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) next summer. But the Rockets would love to lock up Noel and Capela on long term contracts.