Nerlens Noel open to trade, Boston Celtics are interested
One names that has been constantly included in trade talks for the past few months is Philadelphia 76ers forward-center Nerlens Noel. The team has an influx of big men and with the much anticipated debut of former lottery pick, Joel Embiid, one or even two of them become expendable.
Credit must be given to Noel though, as he has treated the trade rumors very professionally and did not allow it to affect his game towards the end of last season. Like other players in the league, they understand how the business side of NBA teams work and become open to change should they get traded.
Recently, the former Kentucky Wildcat took to Twitter and posted what can be considered a cryptic message suggesting where he wants to be dealt by the Sixers – his home team, the Boston Celtics.
I'm blessed to be from Boston. Love my city.
— Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) August 11, 2016
A recent report by CSSNE.com gives an update on Noel’s situation:
“Noel has not asked for a trade, but multiple league sources told CSNNE.com that he is ‘very open’ to being traded if the Sixers decide to make that decision.
“Another league source contacted by CSNNE.com on Thursday morning indicated that the Celtics still have a high level of interest in Noel but no deal is imminent.”
The team’s President of Basketball Operations, Bryan Colangelo, admitted when asked in an interview by Sirius Radio that he is not comfortable with having this many big men in his roster and knows that sooner or later, it will be addressed:
“We’re not going to make a bad deal just to make a deal. I think we can be a better basketball team if we can distribute that talent better. Maybe take one of those assets and address other needs on the roster. I think right now it’s best to say we like all of them, we want to see if we can make the most out of each of them. At the end of the day, the reality says one has to go at some point but only when the deal is right.”
Surely, a trade is imminent with the Sixers and it is worth monitoring if Noel will eventually end up in Boston. Based on his Tweet, he should not have a problem going home to play for the team he cheered for growing up.