HoopsHype Nerlens Noel rumors

July 12, 2013 Updates

The New Orleans Pelicans held a news conference yesterday to introduce one of their new players. That player wasn't Jrue Holiday, though, it was Tyreke Evans. The Pelicans couldn't mention Holiday's name because the trade with the Sixers that eventually will bring Nerlens Noel and a first-round pick to Philadelphia still hasn't been finalized. "Could be sometime early next week," said one source. The problem seems to be that Holiday is still on his honeymoon. Something apparantly has to be completed with him present, whether it be a physical or signing paperwork. So don't expect any Noel introduction (most likely not at the Constitution Center) anytime soon, at least not until early next week. Philadelphia Inquirer

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"It does bother me," Noel said of teams bypassing him. "It's something that makes you have a chip on your shoulder. I'm going to look back on this and use it as motivation." When it was all said and done, Noel labeled Thursday "the longest day of my life." That wasn't just from the five teams on the clock that went a different direction. USA Today Sports

New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps pulled off perhaps the biggest deal of his three-year tenure. He just couldn't talk about it. Demps drafted Kentucky center Nerlens Noel sixth overall and promptly shipped him and a first-round pick in 2014 to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and a second-round pick Thursday night. Demps can't comment on the deal until it is officially approved by the NBA about July 11, when the league's new fiscal year starts. But Holiday's agent, Tony Dutt, confirmed the trade. New Orleans Times-Picayune

June 27, 2013 Updates

The Pelicans dealt Noel and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday and this year's 42nd pick. With a perplexed look on his face, Noel tried to force out a smile. When asked about the five teams who passed him, Noel tried to stay positive, but admitted he felt overlooked. "Oh yeah, I'm going to make them pay," Noel confided to USA TODAY Sports. USA Today Sports

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