HoopsHype Nerlens Noel rumors

September 22, 2013 Updates

Noel sat on a weight bench in Birmingham and said with conviction that Dorcina will not work another day. He's determined to use part of this season's $3,172,320 salary to move her out of the lime green duplex on Liberty Street in Everett. He said he will buy Dorcina a home of her choice in Philadelphia or any other place she decides to live. Philadelphia Inquirer

September 18, 2013 Updates

Since undergoing surgery on March 12, and up until just last week, the 19-year-old Noel slept, ate and rehabbed in Birmingham, Ala., punching work-week-like hours to rebuild his knee under the supervision of renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews and esteemed physical therapist Kevin Wilk. He’s finally seeing evidence of all that hard work. “I feel great. I’m really starting to feel like my old self, being able to have my explosiveness. But I’m definitely being careful with it,” Noel said. ”From Day 1, every time I was in rehab, the last few reps, I would just think how bad I want to get on the court because of how much I want to prove to myself that I can get back and be the player I want to be.” NBA.com

September 13, 2013 Updates

Rookie center Nerlens Noel has tentatively agreed to an endorsement deal with Reebok, according to sources within the company. The confirmation comes hours after Noel, best known for his dynamic shot-blocking skills and flat top haircut, was spotted at a photo shoot for the Reebok Q96 and Pumspective in Los Angeles. SLAM

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the Canton, MA, based company has not issued an official statement. When reached on the phone earlier today, however, Noel confirmed that he has aligned himself with Reebok. “I don’t think I’m just a prototypical big man,” Noel said when reached on the phone at the shoot. “I think I’ll be able to sell shoes.” SLAM

August 31, 2013 Updates

Sixers rookies Michael Carter-Williams, and Noel, both first-round picks, remain unsigned. The Sixers will eventually sign them, but for now, they can maximize their cap space by keeping Noel and Carter-Williams off the books. Noel, who was selected sixth overall by New Orleans before the Sixers acquired him in a trade involving Jrue Holiday, will have a cap hold of $2,643,600. Selected 11th by the 76ers, Carter-Williams' cap hold will be $1,834,100. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Noel is also pleased the Sixers drafted point guard Michael Carter-Williams out of Syracuse with the 11th pick in the draft, someone with whom he shares a tremendous rapport. The two were AAU teammates in high school. "Sam [Hinkie] is just a genius," Noel said. "How would you just think of something like that? To have two players that played AAU together. We have a great relationship, from point guard to big man. You've got to really put a lot of thinking into that. A lot of credit goes to him for building that as a foundation for this organization going on into the future." USA Today Sports

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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have acquired 2013 All Star Point Guard Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, in exchange for the Pelicans first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, with whom they selected Kentucky F Nerlens Noel, as well as the Pelicans top five lottery protected first round selection in next year’s draft. “Jrue is the ideal fit for our team having already established himself as an All-Star guard at the age of 23,” said General Manager Dell Demps. “His leadership abilities also fit the culture we are developing for our franchise and he will be an integral addition to the Pelicans family for many years to come.” “We are very pleased with the opportunity to add a high character player with talent and experience to our roster like Jrue,” said Head Coach Monty Williams. “We believe he will be an integral part of our program and help us continue in the positive direction we are headed as a team.” NBA.com

July 12, 2013 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they have acquired 2013 All Star Point Guard Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, in exchange for the Pelicans first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, with whom they selected Kentucky F Nerlens Noel, as well as the Pelicans top five lottery protected first round selection in next year’s draft. NBA.com

The Jrue Holiday-for-Nerlens Noel trade will become official Friday night, according to multiple sources. The New Orleans Pelicans will have a press conference at 7:30 p.m. to introduce Holiday as their new point guard. Wednesday was the first day that NBA deals and free-agent signings could be completed. The recently married Holiday was on his honeymoon, which led to the trade being delayed until Friday. Philadelphia Inquirer

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