Nerlens Noel might be on the trade block this 2016-2017 NBA season after coming back from a left knee surgery. The Philadelphia 76ers are now having rotational problems with multiple talented big men on its roster. With Noel back in the lineup, it looks like he's the odd man out and NBA trade rumors are spreading that the Los Angeles Lakers might be interested in him.
Noel expressed that it wasn't really a good decision for the Sixers to have multiple centers as it poses problems in its rotation. With other talented centers like Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid in the lineup, it would be hard to divide the minutes and play each one
According to ESPN, there's a possibility for the Sixers to deal one of its big men before the trade deadline. With Noel coming back from an injury, head coach Brett Brown might have a hard time fitting him in the rotation. This situation gives room for NBA trade rumors that Noel might be the one traded.
Noel wouldn't be starting as a center when he comes back, now that Embiid has been playing phenomenal this year. CBS Sports reported that he wouldn't be the starting power forward either, most especially when Ben Simmons comes back from surgery.
The big man didn't extend his contract with the Sixers which makes him a restricted free agent on July 1. He'll be a good addition to any team who has an up-tempo playing style and the Los Angeles Lakers is definitely a team where he could fit in.
The Lakers could trade Lou Williams in exchange for Noel and it would be a valid transaction as per ESPN NBA trade machine. Noel has been on the trade block since he got injured and he's the player that the Sixers could really shop.
With these NBA trade rumors circling around Noel, it's a possibility that many teams will be vying to get him too. He just needs to stay healthy to maintain a high trade value.