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Report: Top Eastern Conference contender interested in trading for Nerlens Noel [ESPN]

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Anybody with half a brain knows that the Philadelphia 76ers have been actively trying to move one of their big men this summer and if you read the proverbial rumour mills, Nerlens Noel appears to be the man they would likely give up.

With Joel Embiid's electric start to life in the NBA, that has only strengthened those claims.

The problem the Sixers faced over the summer was everybody knew they were trying to do business and given the terrible balance of their roster, they had precious little negotiating power.

However, ESPN’s Marc Stein is now reporting that there could be a suitor for Noel.

The Toronto Raptors are believed to have expressed an interest in the 22-year-old after Jared Sullinger underwent foot surgery.

The big man is expected to miss around three months of action, but Noel is actually also on the shelf at present recuperating from minor knee surgery last month and is looking at a three-to-five week absence.

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Noel produced an average of 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks last season and he has shown he is a decent rim protector and competent scorer.

He's certainly the defensive minded player that the Raptors have missed since Bismack Biyombo headed south to the Orlando Magic in free agency, and his best years are ahead of him.

What the Raptors would have to give up to get him remains to be seen.

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Nerlens Noel
Philadelphia Sixers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
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Allen Iverson
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