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Trade: New Orleans sends Nerlens Noel and a 2014 pick to Sixers for Jrue Holiday

Jun 27, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

Noel from the University of Kentucky shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Pelicans as the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn Reuters

We have our first trade of the 2013 draft, and it involves some fairly big names.

The New Orleans Pelicans selected Nerlens Noel with the sixth overall pick, but he won’t be playing alongside Anthony Davis on the front line next season. They picked him for the Philadelphia 76ers, who will send All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday back in return.

The Pelicans will also send a protected 2014 first round pick to Philadelphia, who will send the 42nd pick in this year’s draft to New Orleans, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Sixers finished out of the playoffs in the East last season with a record of 34-48, so it looks like the team’s new general manager Sam Hinkie is preferring to start a rebuild from scratch instead of building on existing assets.

Andrew Bynum didn’t play at all for the Sixers last season, and is an unrestricted free agent this summer that Hinkie doesn’t seem all that interested in pursuing. A new GM just beginning the first year of his deal has a lot more leeway to make bold choices like this, so if he wasn’t that sold on Holiday’s fit with his future plans for the franchise, entering a full-fledged rebuild might have been the collectively agreed-upon decision.

From the Pelicans’ perspective, getting a 23-year old All-Star point guard  to pair alongside Eric Gordon (if healthy) is a very nice piece. Holiday averaged 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in 37.5 minutes per game last season — all career-highs.

  1. giantboy99 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    How in the world did the Pelicans agree to part with their 2014 1st rounder as well

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      “Protected” would be the key word.

    • tfoz5150 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      bc Holiday is a young talented All Star pg that you’re team desperately needs. plus he’s under contract for the next 4 years at a relatively reasonable price. plus you get the 42nd pick back and ultimately no one knows how Noel will bounce back from the injury or translate to the NBA.

  2. liamj55 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Let the Wiggins tanking commence! Go Sixers!

  3. money2long - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    who likes the pelicans now

    • 3xchamps - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      who did before?

  4. flavordave - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Wow thats a stunner. Holliday was the Sixers best player and only draw.

  5. illad3lph1a - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Wow my man jrue is gone. But, It’s a good trade if carter proves himself all on carter

  6. bucrightoff - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Jrue and Anthony Davis could be fun. As long as the pick is lottery protected top 10 point guards are tough to find.

  7. dkolesky - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Love this trade for the Sixers. Noel and a 1st rounder. Andrew Wiggins here we come…

    • anhdazman - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Unless you guys tank and still come up with the #1 pick, there’s now way another team will trade out of the #1 spot next year.

      Pelican’s pick will still be their pick if it’s top 5. You better hope they finish 6th or worst.

  8. adzs - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Really hope theres some protections on that pick; find it interesting that we now seem to be in win now mode whereas since the Paul deal we’ve been rebuilding step by step and 2014 was looking like it could be the draft that made all the difference for us; still if the Pelicans improve as Dell demps obviously jopes we can with Holiday in the fold the pick we give away shouldn’t be to good anyway

    • somekat - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      I believe it is top 3 protected. But I don’t know if that protection kicks in pre or post lottery.

      • adzs - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        I’d think post lottery? Not to sure how it’d be pre-lottery; still thanks for the heads up if we end up as say 12th worst in the league due to injuries etc and get really lucky then this trade will look absolutely genius lol

    • spicymudbugs - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      I’d rather a proven commodity esp at PG over a draft pick that might or might not work out. Good job Dell

  9. htownred34 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    If the sixers tank, I think this is a good trade for both teams getting a top 5 pick maybe even wiggins

  10. kvanhorn87 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Noel, carter and 2 first round picks (both probably lottery) in next years draft which is supposedly one of best/deepest in a decade. Sounds like a coup to me. The Pelicans pick is top 3 protected only. In the NBA you need to tear it down to start over. I love this aggressive move by Sixers. Get rid of best player and get back a potential future stud who can’t play this year. Sounds like tanking already.

    • somekat - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      Gotta agree. I was looking at the sixers as a 5-6 year rebuild, and even then they would need to get lucky somewhere to become a contender. I figured Holiday would be Iggy 2, good enough to keep them from being bad, not good enough to carry them.

      After this trade, I think they are awful next year, but that could get them a top pick next year. The Pelicans I think are still a lottery team, but I don’t think they’ll be one of the worst 4-5 teams in the league with Holiday/Davis/Gordon on the floor. One thing is for sure, this team looks 10x more attractive to potential coaches. They’ll be horrible next year, but there will be something to build on, and they could be a team loaded with young talent 12 months from now (I’m still convinced they will get something for Bynum, somebody is going to want him, but going to want to hedge their best, and will want to do a sign and trade so they aren’t completely screwed if he doesn’t play)

  11. giantssb42champs - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Boy that headline is a real tongue twister

  12. jhuck92 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Why is Philly trading a proven All-Star for an unproven draft pick? Are they trying to one-up the Bynum debacle of last summer? What a terrible front office.

  13. tcclark - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    No one has mentioned the cap space they just created. If Carter-Williams and Noel show potential next year, them coupled with possibly the first overall pick and another lottery pick will make the Sixers an attractive option in next years free agency.

    • kinggw - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      Because cap space doesnt matter if nobody wants to come play with you. They didnt draft players that are sure things. Carter-Williams and Noel have lots of upside, but they are projects. They are going to take years to develop if they develop at all.

      The plan you outline for the Sixers comes with a lot of ifs. Even if they are the worst team in the league, they only have a 25% chance of getting Wiggins. As far as free agency goes, what prominent free agent is going to come to the Sixers and wait a couple of years for the young guys to learn how to play in the league. The Sixers plan sounds good on paper, but for everything to come to fruition as you have predicted seems highly unlikely.

  14. milkmansalamander - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    can someone explain to me what a protected top 5 pick means?

    love jrue but in basketball only about 6 teams are relevant so i like what they did. gonna be a few years but they were never gonna win anything with that squad.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:47 AM

      It means if the pick is in the top 5 of the draft it doesn’t change hands that year (the pick would be pushed back a year).

  15. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I thought for sure that if any player would leave the fold it would have been Evan Turner. I have to say, I like what Hinkie has done so far. Hope the draft well in the 2nd round. A head coach would be nice. He has some parts to work with.

  16. cflip376 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    2 good prospects and 2 picks in a strong draft next year, this was a really nice draft for us. As much as I liked Jrue he would of stopped us from properly tanking and it clears up cap. After a decade of mediocrity this team has a plan, thank god. If Hinkie can dump Hawes I’ll start making wooden figurines of him.

  17. 00maltliquor - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I’m surprised there’s not outrage coming from the Philly fans on here.

    Sucks too from the Pelicans side, woulda been nice to see Anthony and Noel playing alongside. Kinda like back to back 1st picks. Block Party. And what happens now with poor Grievis Vasquez?? Man he balled his tail off this season, he deserves to start.

    • saintlaron - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:05 AM

      exactly what i was thinking. the sixers should have at least took vasquez in return. they are going to be bad for a while

    • tfoz5150 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      jrue was real nice, but you have to put faith in the statistician from Houston

  18. halfbaht - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    What a stupid move on the sixers part. Jrue could’ve been the future of that franchise. Commence being a losing team for another 5 years Philly!

    • tfoz5150 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      you gotta spend money to make money

  19. louhudson23 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    If the only thing this trade does is essentially clear the decks of any reliance on Bynum …..then it will be a success.

  20. sportsnut101 - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    WHat I don’t get is pelicans Have a pg who led league in assists I like jrue but is he now the starter or 6th man Pelicans played hard in most games n games were close they were way better then there record says.

    When they picked Noel I thought right away of the old school Davis boys with pacers in the 90’s But the league is different now physical play not aloud unless ur the bulls

    They have a squad def. if Eric Gordon heals n is ready to play this yr I like them as shock to make the 8th seed Davis when not injured played well for a rookie. Anderson shooting the 3 heck I would even bring in kayman again if he wants to do a 1 yr deal Dallas not gonna sign him again till Howard situation is settled

  21. jucam1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Anyone, and I mean ANYONE!.. Who doesn’t see the genius in what the Sixers did with this move has no clue about the way the NBA works today… You build assets, open up cap space, and stay flexible….. If they had kept Holiday they were going to be a perennial 7 or 8th seed at best!… The whole point is to have the flexibility and assets to build around good young players AND have the cap space to offer impact free agents or impact trades as they become available…. Philly just restarted their franchise with a young center and point guard, gave themselves an extra $6M in cap space, got 2 picks in a loaded draft next year, and have a few desired assets to make future trades (Young and Turner)…. Brilliant work by Hinkie, at least now the Sixers have a shot to build in to a contender within 2-3 years…..Anyone who doesn’t see that just doesn’t understand the dynamics of the league today

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