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Trade Rumor: Nerlens Noel Linked to Portland Trail Blazers

According to Sam Amico, the Portland Trail Blazers have held discussions about Phildelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel.

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Following an ESPN report that Nerlens Noel (knee) wants out of Philadelphia, the 76ers big man has been assigned to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA D-League as part of his recovery from plica surgery. Sam Amico of Amico Hoops has rumored that the Portland Trail Blazers have recently held trade discussions revolving around the defensive stalwart.

Noel has hinted he would like to play elsewhere when he does return, and the Sixers are attempting to accommodate him. He is part of a crowded frontcourt that includes second-year center Jahlil Okafor and rookie Joel Embiid.

Several teams, including Portland, have recently held discussions with the Sixers about Noel.

As a team with clear need of interior defense, the Trail Blazers have long been a speculative landing spot for Noel; especially given the 76ers’ interest in shooting guard Allen Crabbe during free agency.