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Report: Potential trade partners getting negative feedback when researching Nerlens Noel

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Nerlens Noel reportedly wants the 76ers to trade him. They want to trade at least one of Noel or Jahlil Okafor. (Presumably, Joel Embiid is now off the table.)

Why hasn’t a deal happened yet?

Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast with Woj:

Nerlens Noel in Philly, the research teams have done on him is not good. They don’t get good reports back on their intel, how he’s carried himself there, of his habits. It’s not a great return. So, there are teams willing to do deal and bring him in, but they don’t want to give up much.

Noel reportedly racked up about $25,000 in fines for repeated tardiness and other offenses as a rookie. Earlier this year, he publicly criticized Philadelphia’s roster makeup, and after general manager Bryan Colangelo pushed back, Noel doubled down.

What does that tell us? Noel hasn’t always handled a difficult situation well.

He sat out his entire first professional season, which had to test him. In that time, the 76ers developed what Colangelo admitted was a losing culture.

The big question: How would Noel react to a new environment?

Any team that trades for him will have a less-crowded center situation. Every team has been more committed to winning the last few years than Philadelphia.

Maybe Noel is part of the problem, and he’d infect a new team. Maybe Noel is a victim of Sam Hinkie’s unprecedented tanking plan.

The truth is probably somewhere in between. My money is on the latter being closer to accurate, though it’s quite possible Noel has developed bad habits with the 76ers that could be difficult to reverse.

I don’t blame teams for being reluctant to trade for him. Noel will head into restricted free agency next summer, and he could be in line for a big contract. That’s a dangerous commitment for a player with an unproven-at-best, shaky-at-worst reputation.

If Noel wants out of Philadelphia, he should heed Brett Brown’s advice: keep his head down and focus on his on-court strengths. Then, hope other teams notice.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.