Report: Sixers have called Pistons about acquiring big man Nerlens Noel


It's obvious what the theme is for the Philadelphia 76ers as they approach the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They need a reliable backup center behind Joel Embiid and they need to do so quickly in order to fortify the bench unit.

There have been a few names that have popped up recently and now, a former Sixer has drawn interest from president Daryl Morey and the rest of the front office: Nerlens Noel of the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons are a rebuilding team who are focused on developing Isaiah Stewart and Jalen Duren at this point and Noel is a veteran who doesn't get much playing time. He's averaging 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds while playing in only 13 games for Detroit.

Per James Edwards of The Athletic:

Noel, who spent his first 2.5 seasons with the Sixers, would bring exactly what Philadelphia needs in a backup big man. He's an elite rim protector with a career average of 1.5 blocks per game, he is a big lob threat which is what James Harden needs in the pick-and-roll, and he has a great relationship with Embiid.

With the deadline being at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, this is the time when deals begin to heat up for teams around the league.


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