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June 23, 2016

Report: Sixers ‘ramping up’ trade discussions for No. 3 pick, with Nerlens Noel involved in the deal

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The Sixers and Celtics have been pegged as trade partners for weeks, and on the day of the NBA Draft, it appears that Bryan Colangelo and the front office are pushing hard for the No. 3-overall pick.

Unfortunately, that might mean parting ways with Nerlens Noel, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford:

Jahlil Okafor might be the bigger name, but it’s reasonable that Boston would prefer Noel, a unique defender that has the ability to protect the rim and guard players out on the perimeter. He would fit in well with what Brad Stevens is doing in Boston. The Celtics finished fourth in defense NBA last season, and their offense is predicated on spacing and three-point shooting. Noel would have a lot of room to operate in the paint.

It would be also homecoming for Noel, who grew up and went to high school in Everett, Massachusetts.

We’ll see what the Sixers end up doing, but for now, this report indicates they're pretty serious about trying to acquire the third pick. The 2016 NBA Draft starts in a little over seven hours.

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