Report: Boston Celtics Have ‘High Level of Interest’ in Sixers’ Nerlens Noel

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The Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers recent trade exchanges may resurface, as the Celtics have a particular big man they are very intrigued by — one of Boston’s own.

Boston has shown interest, significant or not, in Philly’s young duo of Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel — if the price is right of course. And according to CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and staff have their eyes on Noel, and the center is open to a trade.

Noel, a Malden, Massachusetts native, tweeted recently how much he enjoys the city of Boston.

Now it may be premature to say he is relating the chatter to trade talks, but it is evident he continues to show love for his homeland.

His defensive-minded intensity should be exactly what Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens should invest in. He does become a free agent after the 2017 season, but all signs point to him wanting to stay with the Celtics.

The 6-foot-11 center averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game last season.

About the Author

Mark Loiselle Jr.
Born and raised in the Ocean State. I'm a big supporter of the Boston teams -- aside from the New England Patriots due to my childhood days watching the Miami Dolphins. I'm a co-host of The Sports Blast on ESPN New Hampshire, which airs every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We drop Boston sports knowledge, humor and entertainment on you throughout the three-hour show.

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