Should the Portland Trail Blazers make a trade for the young, defensive-minded Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel? Would he be a good fit in Rip City?(
It’s no secret that the Portland Trail Blazers are in dire need of a competent center and are perusing the trade market in advance of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
With news that the Dallas Mavericks are shopping Nerlens Noel, would the Blazers potentially be a good landing spot for the 6-foot-11 center?
At 23 years old, Noel is young, talented and has a ton of upside. So why would the Mavericks want to get rid of him? The rumor is that Noel and the Mavericks are heading for an ugly divorce. Banking on a big year, Noel turned down a four-year, $70 million contract extension in the offseason, and instead signed a one-year deal that will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
But his plan to shine this season and rake in big money has not gone well. At all. Despite Dallas being one of the league’s worst teams, Noel has almost completely fallen out of the rotation and simply doesn’t really have a place in Dallas’ imbalanced roster. This is similar to what happened to Noel in Philadelphia. He lost minutes and could not find a rhythm or way to be engaged when he did get opportunities on the court. He is clearly looking for a new home this offseason, but if a team decides to trade for the big man, will they get a chance to keep him when free agency opens? That likely depends on the fit, a guarantee of playing time and whether or not that team could make him a serious, long-term contract offer.
What do you think, Blazers fans? Should Portland take a chance on the young, defensive-minded center? Nerlens Noel certainly has talent, but would he be a good fit in Rip City? You tell us:
Ed Davis said he’s found a home in Portland and wants to retire here.
The 2018 NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 8 at 12 p.m. PT, and more important dates for the rest of the 2017-18 NBA season.