The Philadelphia 76ers have a logjam on their roster of young, talented big men and everybody in the NBA knows it. At some point, one would figure, they have to trade at least one of them in order to balance out their team.
But recent news suggests the Sixers could be inching closer to shipping out Nerlens Noel, the former first round pick who is currently sidelined while rehabbing from knee surgery.
On Monday, Noel was asked about the front court situation, and whether or not he, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor can all fit in the 76er's scheme. "I don't see a way it can work," Noel said, via CSN Philly. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night."
ESPN's Marc Stein added this nugget in his weekend article about the NBA shopping season.
"Nothing has changed here. Noel has yet to appear in a game this season after electing to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery last month, but word is he'd still prefer to be shipped to a new address with so many big men to battle for playing time in Philly. Count on the Sixers to accommodate him eventually."
Noel, just 22, is set to be a free agent next summer. In three NBA seasons, he's averaged 10.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
Noel does have injury concerns, given his recent knee procedure and his ACL surgery back in 2013. But he's played in at least 67 games of each of the last two years and is a consistent player when on the floor.
It would be interesting to hear the asking price for Noel. Given the Sixers' roster issues, it would make sense if they were looking for guards.