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Nerlens Noel: ‘At this moment in time, I’m definitely satisfied’ with role on 76ers

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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 6: Avery Bradley #0 of the Boston Celtics defends Nerlens Noel #4 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at TD Garden on January 6, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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After complaining and complaining and complaining, Nerlens Noel has finally found a modicum of happiness with the 76ers.

He’s back in the rotation, playing 21 minutes per game in Philadelphia’s last six games. The 76ers have even won four of their last five.

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

“At this moment in time, I’m definitely satisfied with where I’m at and the team’s rotation,” Noel said. “I think I’m able to go out there and still affect the game, change the game multiple ways.”

“At this moment in time” sounds like a warning to the 76ers: Noel appreciates them treating him well, but that doesn’t buy them leeway to downgrade his status later without upsetting him.

Meanwhile, Jahlil Okafor has fallen from the rotation. Though he’s saying the right things, he has acknowledge he’s not happy to be sitting.

This is an untenable situation.

The probable solution is a trade, which I’d guess Noel would still welcome. And by buying into the team’s plan, he might even draw more suitors after some teams were concerned about his attitude.