Sixers Notes: Noel, Okafor, Simmons, Ingram

The Sixers’ need at point guard and the Celtics’ desire for help in the front court make them natural trading partners, says Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly. In a TV interview, she addressed rumors of a possible swap between the teams that would include Boston’s No. 3 pick and one of Philadelphia’s young big men, Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel. Camerato thinks the Celtics would have to throw in a player — someone like Marcus Smart or Avery Bradley — and it would be a fair exchange because Boston would be getting a recent draftee who already has NBA experience. The Sixers would probably target Kris Dunn of Providence or Jamal Murray of Kentucky with that third pick.

There’s more out of Philadelphia:

  • If the Celtics have a choice in the deal, they should take Noel, opines Josue Pavon of WEEI. Pavon believes the 22-year-old Noel would be the rim protector that Boston needs and would be a better alternative than chasing Hassan Whiteside or Bismack Biyombo in free agency. Pavon speculates that the Sixers would ask less for Noel than for Okafor, and that the Celtics might be able to obtain him for the No. 3 pick, multiple second-round choices and a prospect such as Terry Rozier or James Young.
  • The Celtics shouldn’t give up too much for either Noel or Okafor, says A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE. Blakely notes that Boston has been slowly working its way into contender status, and he doesn’t believe either player significantly accelerates that process.
  • Ben Simmons hasn’t made a public comment since the Sixers won the draft lottery last week, writes John Smallwood of The Philadelphia Daily News. Smallwood says he can’t find a statement from Simmons on anything since he signed with the Klutch firm in March. In contrast, Duke’s Brandon Ingram, considered the other top candidate for Philly’s No. 1 choice, interviewed with the Sixers at the draft combine earlier this month. Smallwood says Simmons’ actions add to the perception that he wants Philadelphia to bypass him so he can go to the Lakers with the second pick. Still, the Sixers have a “strong preference” for Simmons, tweets Derek Bodner of PhillyMag.com, and he should be considered a heavy favorite to go at No. 1.

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Dana Gauruder
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3 months 30 days ago

If I’m the Sixers, think I’d rather trade Okafor than Noel.

aarongill
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aarongill
3 months 30 days ago

Same.

Sixersfan4
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Sixersfan4
3 months 30 days ago

John Smallwood is an idiot. Just because Simmons hasn’t said anything after the lottery doesnt mean he wants the sixers to bypass him.

Scott
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Scott
3 months 30 days ago
Really curious to see what Philly does in free agency and with the draft. I agree that they need to deal either Okafor or Noel. If they keep both, Noel most likely leaves the first chance he gets. I’m not sure Okafor wants to be there, so moving him is more likely. Okafor also has the most trade value. If Philly can get the 3rd pick and other assets from Boston, then it is a no brainer deal. When it comes to free agency who does Philly go after? Barnes seems logical as a SF. At the SG position, which… Read more »
pleydet
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pleydet
3 months 30 days ago

I doubt they offer Barnes a max contract. I think they should make a run at Crabbe and/or Fournier.

Sixersfan4
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Sixersfan4
3 months 30 days ago

Same with E’twaun Moore. They need some quality players with upside

Scott
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Scott
3 months 30 days ago

Crabbe and Fournier are both restricted free agents on teams with lots of money, so it might be tough to get either.

lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
3 months 29 days ago

Portland will have to choose who they let walk because Leonard, Harkless, and Crabbe are all free agents, and it wIll be hard to pick all of them down. Someone might get lucky if the go hard after Crabbe right out of the gate. I’m hoping the lakers grab Crabbe.

doronbroman
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doronbroman
3 months 30 days ago

No way Okafor for 3rd pick smart/ Bradley or 3rd for Noel. You must really underestimate Danny Ainge

Scott
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Scott
3 months 30 days ago

I agree, that seems like a lot for Okafor or Noel. Basically it would be Last years 3rd pick(Okafor) for this years 3rd pick and Smart or Bradley(both starters). Or a 6th pick in 2013 or this years 3rd pick. More likely it is Okafor for #3 and either #23 or #31 and #35. To get #3 for Noel, Philly probably has to throw in another asset, like #24 or #26, or player like Grant.

Scott
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Scott
3 months 30 days ago

Philly needs to offer GSW this deal asap

Sixers get: Klay Thompson
Warriors get: Noel or Okafor, Saric, Stauskas, #1, #24, #26, Lakers 1st rd pick in ’17, Sixers ’18 pick, and anything else the Warriors want.

Nigel Taliaferro
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Nigel Taliaferro
3 months 30 days ago

Really

Scott
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Scott
3 months 30 days ago
I’d make a slight change to the deal. Add Bogut to Philly and include both Noel and Okafor, instead of just one of them. Overall, here is the deal. Sixers get: Klay Thompson & Bogut Warriors get: Okafor, Noel, Saric, Embid, Stauskas, #1, #24, #26, Lakers 1st rd pick in ’17, Sixers 1st rd pick ’18 pick. In doing this deal, Warriors should have plenty of money to offer a max deal or close to a max deal to say DeRozen. Also, at #1, I think GSW takes Ingram. Possible lineup Curry/Livingston/(late 1st rd pick) DeRozen/Stauskas/(late 1st rd pick) Ingram/Iguodola/(late… Read more »
Scott
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Scott
3 months 30 days ago

This deal won’t happen, but a guy can dream

Jim
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Jim
3 months 30 days ago

Are you high on nba 2k?

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
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Lefty_Orioles_Fan
3 months 30 days ago

And why would the Sixers want to do that?
smh

Nigel Taliaferro
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Nigel Taliaferro
3 months 30 days ago

Like they would agree to that deal

Jim
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Jim
3 months 30 days ago

If ever there was an NBA 2k16 trade here it is

Steve Pasek
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Steve Pasek
3 months 30 days ago

Yup

DWillis
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DWillis
3 months 30 days ago

I don’t understand why people think trading the 3rd pick for Noel or Okafor is a good trade and adding additional picks. Smart and a second for either one of them should do it. He’s got everything they lack from experience to toughness. Why can’t Boston get their former 6th pick for our former 6th pick. They are both flawed players

lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
3 months 29 days ago

I wonder if the lakers could sign and trade Clarkson and their 2nd round pick for Noel?

pleydet
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pleydet
3 months 29 days ago

Depending on contract, that sounds possible..

Another option..
Sixers get:
#2 pick

Lakers get:
Noel
Saric
Lakers ’17 pick
’18 1st (if necessary)

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