The Sixers seem willing to let Nerlens Noel become a restricted free agent next summer, posts Jeff Goodman on ESPN Now. The two sides aren’t discussing a rookie-scale extension and the deadline is at midnight Eastern time on Monday.
Noel has frequently been cited as a potential trade candidate because of the looming extension and Philadelphia’s logjam of big men with Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor. Noel criticized the team at the start of training camp for drafting so many young centers, and several observers feel like he is the most expendable of the three.
Noel is missing the start of the season after undergoing surgery on Monday for an inflamed plica above his left knee. He was projected to be out of action for three to five weeks. Noel is making nearly $4.4MM this season in the final year of his rookie contract.