Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel is still included in this season's latest NBA trade rumors. Noel still thinks that the 76ers roster is jam-packed in the frontcourt. With Noel's contract about to expire, lots of teams are eyeing to get him and the Boston Celtics are offering one of its key guards in return.
"I don't think the roster's changed," Noel said. Philly.com reported that the 22-year old big man is still firm with his previous comments about the 76ers' crowded frontcourt. The team has two talented centers in its active lineup in the likes of Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid which makes Noel the odd man out, thus resulting to these latest NBA trade rumors.
The franchise also has plans of letting Noel go and 76ers head coach Brett Brown might need to play him if he returns from his injury so other teams would see his value. There is no specific timetable for Noel's return since leaving the 76ers lineup on Oct. 24 for a knee surgery but recent reports say that he has been practicing with the Delaware 87ers.
According to ESPN, multiple teams have been interested in the 6'11'' big man like the Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets and Boston Celtics. But the Celtics might be the best landing spot for Noel most especially that it has a lot of players to offer to the 76ers in return.
The Sixers need a solid point guard and the Celtics can offer multiple options in the likes of Isaiah Thomas, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart. But Thomas has been phenomenal this season and its unlikely of the Celtics to trade him and Rozier still has a lot to prove. The best option for the Sixers would be getting Smart and it's also a valid transaction if ever the trade happens.
If these latest NBA trade rumors would happen, it would benefit both teams. Both Smart and Noel can grow with their new teams, provided if they stay healthy.