Sixers GM: Team, Nerlens Noel not talking contract extension

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Nerlens Noel is eligible for an extension to his rookie contract, the Sixers and Noel could pound out an extension by Oct. 31 and lock the athletic big man up for years.

But that is not going to happen. For a variety of reasons.

Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said an extension was not likely, speaking to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“It’s not really something that we’ve discussed given some of the concerns that I think Nerlens has had right now,” said Colangelo, the team’s president of basketball operations. “There’s been very little, if any, discussion with his agents about any extension scenarios.

“But, I’ll just leave it at that.”

Those concerns are Noel saying that the Sixers have too crowded a frontcourt — which is true when everyone is healthy. Which they are not right now. But there is Noel, Joel Embiid, Jahlil  Okafor, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Jerami Grant. It’s a lot of young bodies. Embiid is emerging as a powerful center, and Brett Brown told NBC he wants to experiment with lineups to see if Embiid, Okafor, and Saric can all play together. Same with Simmons and Saric.  Noel is in that mix as well, there are questions about how all the puzzle pieces are going to fit up front.

Eventually, there is going to be an odd man — or men — out, and there’s a real chance Noel is that guy, because he has real value in a trade. He and Okafor have been discussed in trades, but no offer has truly interested the Sixers yet. Still, it’s easier to trade him if Noel simply has a qualifying offer and enters next summer as a restricted free agent.

All that means you can cross Noel off the list of guys going to get a contract extension before the Halloween deadline.