The Philadelphia 76ers officially introduced Nerlens Noel, acquired in the draft-day trade that sent All-Star Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans, Tuesday afternoon at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Noel was joined on-stage by Sixers GM Sam Hinkie. A head coach was noticeably absent. Before addressing the addition of the 6-foot-11 center from the University of Kentucky, Hinkie discussed the departure of all-star point guard Jrue Holiday.
"To lose [Jrue] is not easy,” he began. “We wish him nothing but the best in New Orleans, and for the rest of his career.”
"With that being said, we're very excited,” Hinkie continued. “To acquire Nerlens and the [2014 lottery] pick that came with him, we think is a very big step for us."
Noel, who will miss substantial time this season recovering from an ACL injury sustained last season, said his weight is down to about 219 pounds, but assured fans that he has been rehabbing hard. "I'm doing six hours of rehab a day. I'm making a lot of progress," he stated.