Philadelphia 76er Nerlens Noel could be on his way out according to recent reports. He has yet to make his NBA season debut due to having a minor surgery on his left knee last month.

Nerlens Noel preparing for return to court

Noel was assigned to a rehab stint with Philadelphia's D league affiliate on Wednesday. The Philadelphia frontcourt is currently overcrowded with Jahlil Ohkafor, Dario Saric and the return of Joel Embiid from a lengthy recovery from injury. With those three talented centers already on the roster and all receiving ample playing time it will be hard for the team to appease everyone and give them all minutes when Noel finishes his rehab in the D League.

Nerlens has already dropped hints that he would like to play elsewhere when he's fully rehabbed and the Sixers seem to be willing to accommodate his wishes.

Portland Trailblazers interested in Noel

There have been several NBA teams that have expressed interest in acquiring the services of a defensive-minded center like Noel. Most recently the Portland Trailblazers have reached out to the 76ers regarding the shot blocking specialist. They are currently the owners of a disappointing 10-10 record in the already tough Western Conference.

One of the Blazers primary needs is help in the paint with someone who can help protect the rim. An athletic big man like Nerlens Noel that can run the floor and block shots is exactly what the doctor ordered. He would be a great running mate and possibly the missing piece for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and would allow them to climb from the bottom of their division and make a playoff run against some of the "super" teams that are currently wreaking havoc on the NBA.

He would be an immediate upgrade to players like Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard. He could also play some power forward alongside current starting center Mason Plumlee to have a "twin tower" effect which could give a few teams in the conference some major problems. The Trailblazers should definitely pull the trigger on this potential trade if they want to remain competitive in the West.

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