The Toronto Raptors are looking to add a big man and it seems that Philadelphia 76ers power forward, Nerlens Noel, is their guy.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the injury to Jared Sullinger has hastened their search for a new power forward:
The Raptors are among the teams that have expressed interest in Philadelphia’s very available Nerlens Noel, but sources say Toronto’s initial preference in the wake of losing Jared Sullinger (foot) to injury is to give more minutes to various younger players (such as rookies Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl) so they get first crack at filling the void.
Last year, Noel averaged 11.1 and 8.1 rebounds per game and he could add a dimension of defense that the Raptors desperately need. They do not have much rim protection after seeing Bismack Biyombo leave in free agency. Noel is going to be out for a few weeks after having knee in October. Because of this, no deal can be made until he returns.
In addition to Noel’s possible departure, Stein also reports that Brooklyn Nets center, Brook Lopez, could be on his way out of Brooklyn:
Some rival executives are increasingly convinced that the Nets are open to moving Lopez between now and the February deadline in the proverbial right deal.
Rumblings of Boston interest have been forcefully shot down by sources familiar with the Celtics’ thinking, but the situation bears monitoring — and not simply because the Celts could ultimately decide that a big in-season move is wisest in the event they can’t create as much cap space next summer as they once hoped.
Sources stressed to ESPN.com in recent days that they believe as it stands, the Nets are merely fielding calls and doing their due diligence. Listening to other teams, in other words, as opposed to shopping the former All-Star center.
The Nets seem to be in full rebuild mode, as they are making their best player available. He is averaging 19.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during this season.