Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers will probably be suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers as implied recently by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders. Read On!
According to Yibada, the 6-foot-10 former University of Kentucky defensive stand-out can be a textbook prospect for the “Purple and Gold” roster to bolster their line-up in the future, as mentioned by Kyler via chat. This revelation is associated with the basketball analyst’s remark that “the Lakers would rather let the veterans play out and find room for the young guys than potentially poison the locker room not playing the vets.”
In particular that some of their recently acquired pieces are “very tradable material” like veterans Lou Williams (Toronto Raptors), Brandon Bass (Boston Celtics) and Roy Hibbert (Indiana Pacers) all of which came were pre-season acquisitions.
Hibbert is at present the franchise’s right and proper hand over chip, as the hulking big man has a long history of playoff know-how in his four-year stint with the Pacers. Kyler detailed that the Boston Celtics will easily be a tailor-fit for the former Georgetown player as they are in dire need of that “5” to be their rim protector. This transaction could come out further as a three-way deal which will involve the Sixers as the Lakers are yearning for a much younger core.
Hibbert could end up swapped with David Lee of the Celtics as both centers are in their final year of their respective contracts. The Celtics will ultimately have to liberate themselves a second round draft from their stockpile just to sweeten this business deal. This, then will be the springboard for Noel to go play for the Lakers in exchange of Boston’s second-rounder and the potential 2015 No.2 draft D’ Angelo Russell which the Sixers have earlier given attention since the Michael Carter-Williams send-off last season, as cited by Silver Screen and Roll.
Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Lakers mounting quest for a rejuvenated core for the next season will most likely be missing a weighty voice not just in the locker room but most of all in the hard court. As ESPN lately reported that Kobe Bryant finally made it official that this will be his final season in playing basketball.
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