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Nerlens Noel to meet with Washington Wizards next weekend

Jun 11, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

Nerlens Noel, Lakeem Jackson AP

Could Nerlens Noel slip all the way down to the No. 3 spot in this draft?

Not likely. But with an unpredictable draft the Wizard are going to do their due diligence and meet with the injured Kentucky big man this weekend, reports Michael Lee at the Washington Post.

The Wizards have the third selection in the June 27 draft but are expected to be the second team to host Noel, who already met with the Orlando Magic on June 2 and will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 20.

But several scouts and executive have speculated that Noel could also slide. During the NBA combine in Chicago last month, Noel weighed in at 206 pounds and he is also recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, raising concerns about his durability and strength inside.

The weight thing is not that big a deal, he has the frame to put on muscle and Kentucky Coach John Calipari said he played at closer to 225 this past season. The ACL injury means he will miss at least the start and potentially all of next season, depending on the recovery.

It may be three years before a team really gets much out of Noel, but that’s what you should b drafting for — who a player will be in three years. In a draft where there are no lock No. 1, franchise changing guys Noel makes the most sense as the top pick because of his potential.

But if the Cavaliers and Magic are not willing to be patient, or trade out of the top two picks, maybe he falls to the Wizards. Not likely, but meeting with him makes sense.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Drafting Nerlens Noel is amazing strategy for the Wiz. Think about it:

    -You draft him knowing he won’t contribute much in 2013
    -You continue to lose so much that your in the lottery again
    -You get a shot at Andrew Wiggins in next years draft
    -2014-2015 season, you got a heck of a young team

    • sire2334 - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Barring injury, the Wizards have NO shot at Wiggins as they’re not that bad. Don’t let last years record fool you. That was largely without Wall, Nene and quite a bit of missed time from Beal. When they are all playing they’re a playoff team.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Newsflash: John Wall and Nene are ALWAYS injured

      • sire2334 - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Haha…True

  2. stumpzzz - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Wiz will rebound and stay healthy this upcoming year. Beal is going to be a star, J. Wall, probably will end up playing second fiddle, but looks like a starting PG in the league, def not a max $$ guy though. You’ll see, Wiz will sneak in as the 8 seed next year and get swept by MIA.

  3. aboogy123456 - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Get ready for the Wizards people. This team looks like the thunder when they were bad and getting high draft picks every year. John Wall is a future MVP, he just makes his team so much better. Beal will be an all-star and lead the team in scoring. Nene gives them a big man who can play and score, and all their role players fit in well with the team. They need some more defense and shot blocking and whether it’s noel or Porter they will get it this year. They should make the playoffs next year and then compete for the Eastern title the following year.

    • rtfinch - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Unfortunately that’s only with good coaching/player development. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the wizards don’t really have the best track record when it comes to developing players. Definitely hoping this turns around though.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        I agree but I think a lot of the problem in the past has been the culture of the team. There were too many Gilbert Arenas / Andray Blatche type guys who were not interested in winning, and they have slowly gotten rid of all those guys. I think John wall has good leadership attitude in that he always wants to win, and he works hard on improving his game. The guys like Martell webster and okafor who they’ve brought in have also brought a great attitude to the team. I don’t think they need to make any more trades or signings to eventually become a contender, but as you say it’s all about player development at this point.

      • rtfinch - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        I agree, okafor was a double double machine nene was a great passing big man with a little mid range. That along with john wall and Bradley beal maturing together, they could be really fun to watch. I wouldn’t mind noel or Otto porter, but if neither one are there i hope they dont try to force something. I wouldn’t mind trading it for Derrek williams and that number 9 pick and taking a small forward there.

  4. wgray981 - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    The Cavs should take him, have another terrible year, then get a great pick next year

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