It looks like Nerlens Noel may finally be leaving Philly.
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.