It looks like Nerlens Noel may finally be leaving Philly.
According to Woj, the 76ers are working on a deal that would send the former Kentucky Wildcats big man to the Mavericks to team up with Dirk Nowitzki.
Philadelphia is in advanced talks to send Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Philadelphia is sending Nerlens Noel to Dallas for Justin Anderson and a first-round draft pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Our first blockbuster deal at the NBA Trade Deadline, and of course it involves a former Cat.
It also comes as Noel taken a big leap offensively this season after being just a great rim defender prior to this season. His per 36 minutes include 16.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.7 blocks while making 61.1% of his field goals and having a PER of 21.01. He missed most of the first two months due to injury, but he’s been a stud since returning and winning back a starting spot.
Noel will become a restricted free agent this summer, but it sounds like Dallas is confident in getting him signed to a long-term deal.
The 2017 NBA trade deadline is at 3 p.m. EST today, and I think we’ll see at least one other former Cat traded by then.