Posted June 27, 2013

Reports: Pelicans trade No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel, pick to Sixers for Jrue Holiday

Ben Golliver, Jrue Holiday, Nerlens Noel, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel had to wait to hear his name called on draft night.

Nerlens Noel had to wait to hear his name called on draft night. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images Sport)

The Pelicans selected Kentucky center Nerlens Noel with the No. 6 pick in the 2013 draft and promptly traded him along with a protected 2014 first-round pick to the Sixers in exchange for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and the No. 42 pick in the 2013 draft, according to multiple reports.

Yahoo! Sports and NBA.com both reported the terms of the deal.

Noel, 19, was seen as the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the draft before sliding out of the top-five on draft night. He is currently recovering from a season-ending knee injury. Find a breakdown of Noel’s strengths and weaknesses here.

Holiday, 23, averaged 17.7 points, 8 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game in making his first All-Star Game last season. The Sixers are being run by new GM Sam Hinkie.

3 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Once again the Sixers trade their best player for a questionable center...

BeltwayBoy
BeltwayBoy

I don't understand why Philly would make this deal? It looks terrible for them at this point! Looks like one of the worst moves of the offseason so far in my opinion. 

Glenn10
Glenn10

Nice move for the 76'ers, now they have two talented centers who are both injured.