NBA Rumors: Portland Trailblazers Testing Waters For Nerlens Noel

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Nerlens Noel unrest is becoming increasingly enticing to NBA teams. Nearly playoff-caliber Portland Trailblazers asking if Nerlens Noel can carry team over the top.

Nerlens Noel is a starting caliber NBA center with three strikes against him. Firstly, he is trying to rehabilitate his knee in the early part of the 2016-2017 NBA season. Secondly, he is buried in the depth chart of the Philadelphia 76ers. With his inability to step onto a basketball court so far this year, he is behind Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Richaun Holmes. Thirdly, and most damaging, he is earning a reputation of a disgruntled athlete. That reputation was earned.  All combined, these factors will likely contribute to the Philadelphia 76ers and Noel parting ways

But life has a funny way of opening doors as others close. That may be occurring with the fate of Nerlens Noel right now.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have begun to experiment with the healthy players on the roster so far.  In the December 2nd game against the Orlando Magic, the team sent Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid onto the court simultaneously.

We’ve talked ad infinitum about the never ending stream of NBA rumors that plague the Philadelphia 76ers and Nerlens Noel. The latest episode is just a day old, and links the likes of the Chicago Bulls to the hunt for Nerlens Noel. A day in dog chronology, it seems.  At 10-7, the Bulls likely see Noel as a strong player to bring off the bench in a potential post-season run.

But there are other customers.  Surely the Bulls know that there would be other interested parties…

Those other interested parties are talking to the Philadelphia 76ers right now, per Sam Amico of In fact, he points out the Portland Trailblazers specifically as a team named in trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel.

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