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Philadelphia 76ers Trade for Nerlens Noel; Andrew Bynum Likely to Walk

Nerlens Noel NCAA Basketball: Kentucky

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The beginning of the 2013 NBA Draft was bizarre to say the least, but the weirdest part was no trades, especially considering all the trade talks surrounding the No. 1 overall pick and all the rumors regarding pretty much all of the top five selections. That changed after the New Orleans Pelicans picked Nerlens Noel at No. 6 overall after he “fell” out of the top five and then traded him almost immediately to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jrue Holiday.

The details of the draft-day trade include the Pelicans sending their 2014 first-round pick along with Noel and Philly sending the No. 42 overall pick in this year’s draft along with Holiday. Many 76ers fans have complained about their team not doing anything to improve their team, especially after the Andrew Bynum debacle, but now they have the player many called the best in this year’s class.

Bynum is a free agent, so the fact Philadelphia brought in the top big man in this year’s draft pretty much guarantees the Sixers have no interest in bringing their headache of a bowling man back in 2013. It also means they’re confident they can contend with Michael Carter-Williams — the No. 11 overall pick in this year’s draft — as Holiday’s replacement. That’s obviously the tricky part, but Philly has to feel good about it considering it had the guts to pull the trigger on this blockbuster. Stay tuned to Rant Sports for the latest on the 2013 NBA Draft.