After last week’s loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, where Noel played only eight minutes, he made very clear that he thinks he should be playing a lot more.
“I think I’m too good to be playing eight minutes,” Noel told ESPN reporters Friday night. “That’s crazy. Need to figure this s— out.”
Nerlens Noel is not happy about his PT in Philly pic.twitter.com/bOq0JbzdVY
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 17, 2016
This comes months after Noel made comments about the logjam that exists with the Sixers’ three legitimate starting centers, back in September.
In just three games played with the Sixers so far this season, Noel is averaging career-lows across the board. He should be averaging more than 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds a game in just eight minutes per game. However, with Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor both on the roster, the minutes just won’t be there.
With news that Nerlens Noel is out of the Sixers rotation for the “foreseeable future” except in the event that Okafor or Embiid get hurt or find themselves in foul trouble, a trade may be in both party’s best interest. Noel would surely receive some interest; he’s a young, athletic big who can run the floor, rebound well, and block shots at a decent rate. If the Sixers do decide to trade him by this season’s trading deadline (he’s eligible to reach restricted free agency next summer), here are two teams who might make good trade partners and help them fill a need: