HoopsHype Nerlens Noel rumors

October 21, 2013 Updates
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By now, we all know the 76ers are in no rush to get Nerlens Noel on the court. But they do have a plan for the rookie center. The franchise decided that it’s important to keep the 19-year-old involved with team activities while he rehabilitates his left knee. “I look forward to him traveling with the team,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, “and being a part of the team and being in the team meetings and video sessions and seeing a grumpy coach and a sad player and vice versa.” Philadelphia Inquirer

September 24, 2013 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have signed rookies Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Carter-Williams (6-6, 185) was the 11th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2013 NBA Draft. As a sophomore at Syracuse last season, the 21-year-old averaged 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals en route to earning All-Big East Second Team honors. Back in July, Carter-Williams averaged 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals for the Sixers in the Orlando Pro Summer League. NBA.com

September 22, 2013 Updates

The Sixers are in no rush to get him on the court. Though Noel is ahead of schedule in his weight-room workouts, Wilk doubts he will be ready to play before December. "Right now, the stuff we are doing is not necessarily on the court," Wilk said. "He's got to get used to the court, cutting on the court. Used to playing defense one-on-one. Things of that nature. "So it's probably going to get pushed a little further back, even though he looks like he's ready." Philadelphia Inquirer

At 11:30 on a late August morning at Champion Sports Medicine, 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel was already two hours into the first of his two workouts. The 6-foot-11 center's blue shirt and white shorts were saturated in sweat. He had a cramp in his left foot and a burning sensation in his hamstrings. And his usually crisp high-top fade needed grooming. Noel was completing a series of lower-body exercises - squats, hamstring curls, and sprints - leading to single-leg bridges with resistance. He extended one leg in the air. The heel of his size 16 foot on the other was positioned on top of a medicine ball with his hips off the floor. Philadelphia Inquirer

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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July 24, 2013 Updates

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

July 23, 2013 Updates

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