NBA Trade Rumors: Nerlens Noel To Lakers, Brandon Ingram To Sixers

Adrian Lawhorn

NBA trade rumors have focused on the Philadelphia 76ers all summer. The latest buzz has them discussing a potential deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, who like the Sixers are looking to build from the ground up after a poor 2015-16 season.

According to the Gospel Herald, the Lakers and Sixers are working on a deal that would send center Nerlens Noel to Los Angeles in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brandon Ingram. It has been widely reported that Philadelphia is trying to trade one of its big men (Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, or Noel) for a wing player, as the 76ers have a serious roster imbalance. The Sixers are coming off a disastrous 10-72 regular season, but they arguably have more talent at the center position than any team in the league. They are weak almost everywhere else, so they are pushing to make a deal this offseason.


Getting Brandon Ingram would be a huge boon for the 76ers, as most observers feel that the rookie forward from Duke University has superstar potential. Nerlens Noel is a good player and will probably keep getting better (he's only 22 years old), but Philadelphia would have to up their offer substantially to have any chance of landing Ingram. With limited assets other than their trio of centers, it's hard to imagine what the Sixers could offer that would tempt the Lakers to bite on a deal like this.

Current NBA trade rumors are circulating that the 76ers are offering Nerlens Noel (plus other pieces) to the Lakers for rookie forward Brandon Ingram. Philadelphia may eventually trade one of their big men, but Los Angeles doesn't appear to be the right trade partner for the Sixers.

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