Toronto Raptors interested in Nerlens Noel
The Phildelphia 76ers’ strategy of building from the draft has landed them an embarrassment of young talent in their frontcourt.
Whilst Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Nerlens Noel, and Ben Simmons are unequivocally gifted, there may not be enough space in the rotation for all of them to coexist, which means that someone has to go.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, one team that may be interested in making a move for one of the Sixers’ young pieces, Noel in particular, is Toronto, who’s in need of frontcourt help after the foot injury of Jared Sullinger. Sources close to the Raptors however, believe that the team may also be interested in allowing younger players such as Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl to develop in Sullinger’s absence.
Noel’s rim-protecting ability would help the Raptors immediately and with youth on his side, he is capable of developing into an elite defensive big man. During his second year in the NBA last season, the former University Of Kentucky standout averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 29.3 minutes of play per game.