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Nerlens Noel | Center/Forward | #4

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/10/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 220
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (6) / NO
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The Sixers have assigned Nerlens Noel to the D-League.
He is scheduled to participate in practice on Friday as part of his ongoing rehab for his left knee. Noel seems to be inching towards a return to the Sixers lineup. However, with a glut of big men, it is still unknown how frequently he will play once he is finally healthy enough to suit up for actual NBA games. If the Sixers are going to trade him in February, it would make sense for them to showcase him for other teams. Noel remains stash-worthy in standard leagues. Dec 2 - 11:23 AM

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Nerlens Noel (knee) participated in most of practice on Thursday.

Yes, we're talking about practice. With a targeted late-November return now in the rearview mirror, Noel seems to be progressing towards a return. He's scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday, so we may know more about his return shortly. While he'll be brought along slowly, the 22-year-old is worth a stash in most leagues.
Dec 1 - 1:50 PM

Nerlens Noel (knee) was a limited participant during his practice with the 76ers' D-League affiliate on Wednesday.

Thus far he's only been going through 1-on-1 and 1-on-none drills, and it doesn't sound like he saw a significant increase in activity with the 87ers. He's expected to re-join the 76ers on Thursday, and at that point it'll be determined if he can increase his workload. The 76ers will be bringing Noel along slowly, but he's getting close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues.
Nov 30 - 5:22 PM

Nerlens Noel has reportedly been sent down to the D-League to rehab his surgically repaired left knee.

Noel said one week ago that he's a "couple weeks away," and his D-League assignment is likely an indication that he's extremely close to making his season debut, particularly with this coming during a four-game home stand and not a lengthy road trip. That being said, head coach Brett Brown has acknowledged that it'll be tough to get Noel meaningful minutes in Philly's crowded frontcourt, so he probably won't have immediate value upon his return. He could, however, have nice value if traded to the right situation, so he's a reasonable guy to stash away at this point.
Source: ESPN
Nov 30 - 10:14 AM

Nerlens Noel believes he is just a "couple of weeks away" from returning to the Sixers lineup, but coach Brett Brown is not nearly as optimistic.

"As of right now, I'm still feeling it out myself, probably around a couple of weeks," Noel said Monday. "I think I'm in a good place right now to start building back into game shape." However, coach Brown doesn't want to rush things. Brown thinks it will be more like a few weeks. "I think realistically he hasn't done anything," Brown said. "To think that he's going to come back and play NBA basketball, to me, any sooner than that is a little bit far-reaching." Brown also said it would be very hard to get Noel minutes.
Source: Philly.com
Nov 22 - 10:05 AM

Nerlens Noel (knee) is expected to need a few more weeks before he's ready to play.

Coach Brett Brown didn't sound encouraged on Noel's chances at minutes. "It's going to be hard [for Noel to get playing time]," Brown said. The coach also said he would have preferred Noel to be around the team more for the offseason. If you wanted to read between the lines, it doesn't sound like Noel is a big part of the team's future. Even though he has upside, he's not the strongest stash in standard leagues unless you're positive you're going to make the playoffs.
Nov 21 - 5:39 PM

Nerlens Noel (left knee) is scheduled to board a plane to Philadelphia on Friday and is expected to work out under the 76ers supervision on Saturday.

Noel had surgery to repair inflamed tissue above his left knee on Oct. 24. This seems to be a small step in the right direction, but we still don't have a timetable regarding his possible return. Until we have a firm update, Noel can be left on waivers in smaller, standard leagues.
Nov 18 - 11:30 AM

Nerlens Noel (knee) is likely to return to Philadelphia soon in order to continue his rehab.

Noel is currently rehabbing his knee in Alabama, but is likely to return to Philadelphia and continue his work at the Sixers facility. While a return to Philly would be a small bit of progress, a return to the court doesn't seem imminent, so Noel can be left on waivers in standard leagues.
Source: 76ers.com
Nov 17 - 10:50 AM

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe said he wouldn't be surprised if the Celtics made an offer to restricted free agent Nerlens Noel (knee) next summer.

Washburn added that the Celtics "have long admired Noel," and they love the idea of pairing him with Al Horford. It's also possible that the Celtics try to make a deal for Noel during the season and we know they have the assets to get something done, but it's worth noting that several others teams, including the Raptors, could pursue him as well.
Nov 7 - 10:10 AM

The Raptors are "among the teams that have expressed interest" in Nerlens Noel, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Stein adds the Raptors initially preferred to give minutes to young guys out of the gate. The Raptors have been starting Pascal Siakam due to the loss of Jared Sullinger (foot) while getting Jakob Poeltl out there as a backup five. Siakam has played better than expected, especially on the defensive end. The Raptors are 3-1 with their lone loss going to the NBA's only undefeated team, the Cavs. Noel's price will likely keep dropping, but he should be traded at some point.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 4 - 3:59 PM

According to ESPN, an extension for Nerlens Noel is considered "highly unlikely."

The deadline is tonight, but this was the expectation all along. Barring a late surprise, Noel will enter the summer of 2017 as a restricted free agent. He's currently sidelined with a knee issue and he's arguably the most likely to be dealt away from the Philly frontcourt.
Source: ESPN
Oct 31 - 10:00 AM

Nerlens Noel could exceed his initial 3-5 week timetable depending on if or how often he experiences swelling in his surgically repaired left knee.

Noel's surgery was successful, and he'll now begin his rehab in Alabama, but the 76ers are going to bring him along with extreme caution. It's unclear what Noel's role will be once he's fully up to speed, but the logjam in Philly's frontcourt will make it tough for Noel to reach his full fantasy potential this season.
Oct 26 - 10:25 AM

Nerlens Noel underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Tuesday.

Early reports suggest that Noel is looking at a 3-5 week absence, but knowing the 76ers, his absence could certainly extend past that timeline. Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor (knee) will be picking up the slack in Noel's absence, and we could also see Brett Brown go with some small-ball lineups using Dario Saric at the five-spot with Jerami Grant earning some extended minutes at the four. Expect Noel to be handled with kid gloves once he is finally cleared to return to the court.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 25 - 3:42 PM

Nerlens Noel (left knee surgery) is expected to be out for the next three-to-five weeks, sources told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Noel's procedure is scheduled to take place on Monday, and we now have a better idea of just how long we can expect to see him sitting on the sidelines. This means Noel will be targeting a return in late November, and it's unclear what role he may come back to given Joel Embiid has played well and Jahlil Okafor (knee surgery) will be his backup to begin the year. Sooner or later, the Sixers will need to stop this charade and move one of these guys, but they're not going to get equal value for any of them at the current moment in time. It's a bad situation that's only getting more complicated in both fantasy and reality.

Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) has elected to address his injury via a minor surgical procedure "in the coming days," according to the 76ers.

That rules him out for the start of the season, and this is different from his groin injury. According to the team, "Noel reported localized soreness in his left knee. After consulting with multiple specialists, the source of the soreness was identified as inflamed plica." There is no timetable and the 76ers will undoubtedly take their time with him. At this point, Noel is only a borderline draft pick in standard leagues. Richaun Holmes and Joel Embiid benefit while Jahlil Okafor (knee) is still on a minutes cap.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 21 - 6:45 PM

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PG1Jerryd Bayless
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SG1Gerald Henderson
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PF1Ben Simmons
2Dario Saric
3Ersan Ilyasova
C1Joel Embiid
2Jahlil Okafor
3Richaun Holmes