By digging deeper on how young big man Nerlens Noel commented on the situation that his team, the Philadelphia 76ers is currently in, it certainly looks like he’s not happy with the direction they’re heading. With the league and its teams gearing up for camp just before the start of the season, Noel appears to be far from the excitement mode that every player is presumed to be in at this juncture.
The Sixers are definitely a better team heading into the new season, at least in paper. Joel Embiid is finally healthy and ready to play, while the likes of Noel and fellow big man, Jahlil Okafor, are most likely staying put at least for this season. However, the fact that the team is primarily made up of young and up-and-coming stars is something that the 22-year-old is wary of.
During his time on the microphone to address questions from the press on the eve of the team’s media day, Noel said that the situation hasn’t changed the way he expected.
“I think it’s just silly… this situation that we are in now with three starting centers. With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer,” the former University of Kentucky star said.
His comments are as specific as they can get and only means one thing he wants out. Although it’s really not his call, the presence of Okafor and the much-anticipated debut of Embiid are making life harder for him, particularly in terms of becoming a star in the NBA. He knows that with three of them clogging the same position, there is no way for him to be able to get enough minutes to get his game going.
So should he find his way out by demanding for a trade? Probably yes. He’s just 22 and is making a lot of money as a professional. However, young players like him will be more interested in making an impact than just sitting on the bench.
According to Philly.com, Noel feels disrespected. Well, maybe he is, or maybe the front office is silently trying to negotiate some kind of deal to resolve this rather unique problem at the frontcourt position. It won’t be a total surprise if Okafor or Noel ends up playing for another team this season.