The NBA Trade Rumors are always very intriguing this time of the year as teams are figuring out their identity. For the Philadelphia 76ers though, finally settling on a regular rotation has caused one of their prized big men to be on the outside looking in. This is precisely why Nerlens Noel has been involved in recent trade rumors as he has expressed his unhappiness with his role on the Sixers roster.
Noel is one of the best young big men in the league when he is healthy. Unfortunately, the Sixers have two other young forward-centers who have caused a logjam in their frontcourt.
The situation has long been discussed as being problematic but it has become evident over the last couple of weeks. This is because it has only been at that time that the Sixers have all their big men available.
Noel Unhappy with Role
The result of the logjam has affected Noel the most as he only played eight minutes in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers. After the game, Noel spoke out about his lack of playing time. According to a Bleacher Report, Noel was quoted as saying “I don?t really care. I need to be on the court playing basketball. I think I?m too good to be playing eight minutes. Like, no, that?s crazy. That?s crazy. That?s crazy. They need to figure this s–t out.”
It did not help that Noel did not even leave the bench in the Sixers win against the Brooklyn Nets last Sunday. This is certainly turning out to be a very big problem for the team and should motivate them to trade Noel as soon as possible.
Sixers Should Trade Noel Soon
For one, Noel’s public comments is not helping his trade value around the league. If this continues, the Sixers may not get much assets in exchange for Noel.
Aside from this, the very public displeasure of Noel with the Sixers coaching staff is certainly going to cause a very negative atmosphere with the team. That is surely not something a rebuilding team needs.
It remains to be seen when exactly the Sixers will be able to trade Noel. One thing which is certain though is that it better be sooner rather than later.