PBT Extra: Nerlens Noel about to return, but how long does he stay in Philly?


Because their frontcourt wasn’t crowded enough, the Philadelphia 76ers are about to get Nerlens Noel back from injury. Remember he missed the start of the season to rehab his left knee, but now he’s about to go down to the D-League for a rehab assignment and soon will be up with the main club.

And Brett Brown is going to have to get him minutes, because the Sixers are trying to showcase him for a trade, something I discuss in this latest PBT Extra.

This is mutual — Noel wants out, and the Sixers want to move him. There are rumors of interested teams (Toronto and Portland are potential destinations that seem to get the most buzz around the league), but right now any interested GM wants to see Noel on the court, playing in games, looking healthy, then the conversations about potential deals will start to get more serious. But make no mistake, they will get serious — Noel will be traded before the February 23 deadline.