NBA Rumor: Nerlens Noel Trade

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My sources tell me that Nerlens Noel is not known as a hard worker. Not Noel. Dude is in his own world. I’m told he doesn’t have a sense of hard play and that’s not going to fly with a head coach like Rick Carlisle who had to cut his teeth as a NBA player. Until Noel shows a better work ethic other players will get minutes. I just think we will see Noel traded. It’s a shame because the club had high hopes for him when he came from Philly in a trade last year. And he can kiss his dreams of a max deal. He will regret passing on $72 million.

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The club acquired center Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers. Just 22 years old, Noel has tremendous defensive potential and could fit rather seamlessly into the Mavs’ spread pick-and-roll offense. In return, the Mavs sent second-year wing and 2015 first-round pick Justin Anderson, center Andrew Bogut, and a heavily protected 2017 first-rounder, which will almost certainly remain with Dallas. In that case, the Mavs would send this year’s and next year’s second-rounders.

“It’s obviously hard to block out [rumors] in today’s day and age,” Noel said. “Since I was a kid, we’ve had social media platforms, so it’s really not like it was in the old days when you could just go about your business and never have to see it. Now, if you look at your phone, you may see something. “I think it’s something that I’ve handled well. I’m still here, and I’ve just always tried to have a strong mentality so that I can handle anything that happens. I think I did that with the losing and now with the trade stuff. I just take things day by day, and I worry about myself and how I can continue to get better.”

“I give amazing credit to a bunch of young and talented good friends, good people,” Brown said of how his frontcourt has handled everything thrown at them this season. “There are rampant, never-to-go-away rumors and questions like, ‘Will you be in the city of Philadelphia tomorrow?’ Stuff like that, it just never goes away. So how do you navigate a locker room like that? [It’s about] how you communicate with the guys, how you keep them up and how they interact amongst each other. They’ve retained their friendships and truly want the best for one another. That’s very admirable and rare, to me, in professional sports. “Nerlens is a prime example of that in how he deals with [his fluctuating role] and how he interacts with his friend, Jahlil. [Even when] Nerlens’ minutes have been less and less, he’s handled it like a pro. He’s handled it really well. He’s handled it maturely and like a friend.”

According to Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo, the team is receiving increased interested in both of the big men in recent weeks. “We’ve got three talented bigs,” Colangelo said Thursday on 97.5 The Fanatic. “They all feel that they deserve to be looked at as a potential starter and be paid as a starter. The phones have been ringing. There has been a lot of conversations. There’s been some activity. Quite a bit actually in recent weeks. It’s not something that’s just come up in recent weeks because it’s something we’ve been looking to address since I got here.

The reserve center was asked how he’s dealing with the uncertainty leading up to the Feb. 23 trade deadline. It’s no secret that the Sixers have been shopping Noel and Jahlil Okafor since last summer. And there’s a great chance that one of them will be on another team by 3:01 p.m. on deadline day. “I don’t even approach it,” Noel said inside the visitors’ locker room at Amway Center. “I just play my game. If that’s what they decide, that’s what they decide.”

The reserve center was asked how he’s dealing with the uncertainty leading up to the Feb. 23 trade deadline. It’s no secret that the Sixers have been shopping Noel and Jahlil Okafor since last summer. And there’s a great chance that one of them will be on another team by 3:01 p.m. on deadline day. “I don’t even approach it,” Noel said inside the visitors’ locker room at Amway Center. “I just play my game. If that’s what they decide, that’s what they decide.”

Noel hears the trade rumors but is trying to remain focused on the only NBA team he’s ever known. “I’m with the Sixers and I am focused on getting better while I’m in Philadelphia and helping this team win games,” he said. “Obviously Boston is a great city and I’m from here, but I’m just focused on my situation right now. I have a strong mentality that I don’t think anything can break at this point, from getting hurt at Kentucky and all the losing, it has built a certain will in me that just keeps me going and helps me see the positive side of things.”

Lakers interested in Nerlens Noel

The Lakers have inserted themselves on trade talks this season and will continue to do so. They had talks with Atlanta about Paul Millsap and expressed interest in Nerlens Noel, if the Sixers decide to go ahead with a deal for him. But the best asset the Lakers can put forth is a future draft pick, probably not until 2021 depending on how the lottery plays out this May. That’s going to limit their activity on the market, and there is a chance they could even be a seller with a veteran such as Luol Deng.

Meanwhile, Okafor didn’t play at all vs. the Celtics, as Brown inserted Noel into the rotation and moved Okafor out, at least temporarily. That marked the first time in Okafor’s 1½-year pro career he was a “DNP-CD (Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision).” Okafor needs to be a starter, but that won’t happen with Embiid here. Noel is better than Okafor in a reserve role because of his defensive work. “We are learning,” Brown told reporters afterward. “It’s difficult to play three ‘bigs’ in a 48-minute window.”

The Sixers had discussions with numerous NBA teams last summer about trading the big man, and there is a chance that Noel could be moved before the trade deadline in February. His time with the Sixers could still be numbered even if he’s not traded at the deadline. “Every time you have a sit-down, Coach [Brett Brown] is saying such and such got released,” Noel said. “So it definitely builds a willing nature to just be strong enough [to handle it if he’s released or traded.] If it ever does come, I’ve seen it [with others before] and been through it.”

There are a couple of teams to watch on the Noel front, the biggest being the Toronto Raptors. It is unlikely that the Raptors mess with their team chemistry in moving a core player, but if the 76ers want some of the Raptors’ young players or non-core parts, Toronto would have interest in Noel, according to sources close to the situation. It’s also believed the Portland Trail Blazers have eyes on Noel, but they may be unwilling to give up much in a deal.

Then two days later, he didn’t get off the bench because of the coach’s decision. Brown said “trying to force-feed three bigs in a game is unfair.” Brown felt it created a ripple effect on other players on the team. As they tried to play the three centers, power forward Dario Saric was forced play small forward, where he struggled. Meanwhile, power forward Ersan Ilyasova was also ineffective since his minutes were slashed. “I said it before and I will say it again,” Brown said. “I personally have a soft spot for Nerlens Noel. We both have Boston connections and he’s been with me for a long time. Nerlens’ heart has been in the right place. He’s in a very unfortunate situation.”

“I think this has been decided a long time ago,” Noel said. “I think it had nothing to do with it. It’s something that’s been set in stone.” The YES Network, which televises Nets games, showed a close-up of him on the bench. But to his credit, Noel didn’t show any signs of displeasure. He smiled while walking to the court for pregame warm-ups. “You’ve just got to prepare yourself with things like these and take it one step at a time and at the same time be a pro and depend on the things you’ve got to work on,” Noel said.

The research that rival teams have done on Nerlens Noel is “not good,” per Wojnarowski, who adds that those clubs haven’t gotten good reports about the way the Sixers big man carries himself, and his habits. Teams are still interested in acquiring Noel, but they don’t want to give up a whole lot for him, so it’ll be interesting to see if Philadelphia eventually takes what it can get. The Sixers would probably love to see Noel put in a couple healthy and productive months before the deadline to improve his stock.

Noel didn’t seem concerned that he wouldn’t fit back in with the team after being away for the start of the season. He envisions his role as simply “being Nerlens Noel.” What exactly that will entail will unfold this season. “I put myself in a different place with all these things,” Noel said. “Do what you can control. That’s what I give power to, is what I can really control. I think right now I’m in a good place mentally, I think my body feels great and I just want to get back to playing basketball and let things take care of themselves.”
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