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Nerlens Noel to visit Magic

May 31, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

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Nerlens Noel, absent another prospect stepping up to usurp his place, has been widely considered the likely No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Otto Porter (positional fit), Ben McLemore (traditional skillset for his position) and Victor Oladipo (personality) have each garnered support in some corners to be selected by the Cavaliers, but it’s still Noel and then everyone else.

But Noel isn’t certain he’ll go No. 1, and here’s the proof. Andy Katz of ESPN:

UK’s Nerlens Noel will make his first visit to a team Sunday when he’s in Orlando (No. 2) pick. Cleveland (No. 1) not scheduled yet.

Agents typically limit their clients’ visits in an attempt to preserve a perception that the player belongs in a certain range, and Noel’s perceived range is No. 1 through No. 1 right now. Another concern is the risk of injury or fatigue from workouts, though that won’t apply to Noel, who’s still out with his ACL tear and won’t work out for teams. That makes visiting the Magic a pretty safe move.

Noel will certainly visit Cleveland at some point, and that’s still his most likely destination. But this Magic visit is about ensuring he doesn’t slip past No. 2

  1. newyorkshets - May 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    He garbage and his haircut too. He will be first round bust. Book it

  2. gmsalpha - May 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    The word “Nerlens” actually translates to “Cavalier” in Swahili.

  3. themagicfanguy - May 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    The only way the Magic draft Noel at #2 is if they swing a pretty big trade immediately after or during the draft. I seriously doubt they would keep both Noel and Vucevic on the roster together for very long.
    My money is on McLemore, although I would kind of prefer Oladipo. Victor has such an explosive first step and almost Mamba-like quickness, plus he plays great D and has all the intangibles. What’s not to like?

  4. saint1997 - May 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Draft McLemore trade for Bledsoe

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