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Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel: The Rebuild Is Officially On

Jun 27, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers

Oh man. In a draft that saw a #1 pick absolutely nobody expected, the Sixers have still pulled off the shocker of the night by trading their young All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel, the Kentucky power forward selected sixth in the draft. Noel, a defensive prospect, was considered one of the draft’s top talents, but slid to #6 partly due to his recovery from ACL surgery, which will likely have him out of the Sixers’ lineup for much of the ’13-’14 season. The Sixers will also get a 2014 first-round pick from the Pelicans in this deal, and will give up a second-rounder in the deal, as all reported by Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

We’re still a little too reeling to properly process this, but rest assured that plenty of analysis will be forthcoming on this shocker of a mega-deal, including analysis of whoever the Sixers actually take at #11–which, we’re guessing will be a point guard, either Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams or Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum.

We’ll love you always, Jrue.


  1. gSpoddy - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Hinkie stocking up picks for 2014? Works for me…

  2. nyphilsphan - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    We traded Jrue for a 220 lb PF with a knee problem? Sounds dumb, but when you think about it, this makes sense:

    1) Getting back into the draft next year is nice, MUCH deeper draft. Pick is top 3 protected, so, if anything, we can all have fun watching the Pelicans next year and hoping they fail to tank into the top 3.

    2) Holiday was the one piece keeping the rest of the roster from falling into place: ET plays best with the ball in his hands. Thad can move back to the 3, Noel/Moultrie at the 4 *REDACTED* at the 5, plus whatever PG we get to develop alongside ET in the back court.

    • lahoe819 - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      wait so if the hornets/pelicans win the draft lottery or get into the top 3 next year they keep that pick… well fuck. Were giving up an ALL STAR 21 or 22 year old. that pick should only be protected if MJ discovers a cream that takes off 30 years and he declares for next years draft. gah

      • mac - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        relax my man, the Pelicans have Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis and Jrue, they will be just good enough for the Sixers to get a great 1st round pick next year in addition to their own 1st round pick, which could be as high as number 1.

        Hinke just blew it up and it’s the best thing to happen to this franchise in awhile

      • Dan - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        If the pick is protected next year, it doesn’t mean the sixers just get screwed. They would then get the 2015 first rounder from New Orleans, which is unprotected even if its the #1 pick.

      • lahoe819 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        maybe they can get a 2014 first rounder for thad either now or at the deadline and package that with a hopefully 7-10 hornets pick and get 2 in the top 5… wishful thinking

  3. nyphilsphan - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    MCW looks like a player. He and Turner will look good driving the lane in tandem.

  4. 6ersFan - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Here’s a hint: most people defending this trade are just trying to be different and think they sound smart. They’re already calling into sports radio and defending it.

    • nyphilsphan - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Yup. You got it. We’re just doing it to be radical and sound smart.

      Think about this trade for a while and maybe you can sound smart too.

    • gSpoddy - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Yeah, sound smart… let’s think about this.

      Clear 11m in cap space for huge ’14 free agent class
      Stock up with another ’14 draft pick in a loaded draft
      Pick up MCW who can be a solid guard, and also grab a potentially decent defensive center


      Keep JRue and keep hitting around 10-13 in the draft for the next 5 years

      • nyphilsphan - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        People are so comfortable with mediocrity with the Sixers they forgot the blueprint for winning in the NBA.

        Clear the cap.

        Stock up on high-ceiling guys and picks.

        Keep doing it until it works.

    • Ez$ - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      And all the people on WIP bashing the trade are saying:

      “I can’t believe we just traded a guy that scores 20 points a game for a guy that only scores 10. How are we gonna make up those 10 points?”

    • Matt S. - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Jrue was a baller and definitely a fan favorite but come on what was our ceiling going forward? I’ll answer that finishing anywhere from a 9 seed to a 7 seed. Blow it up and stock pile picks in a loaded draft class.

    • Steve - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Right5 now,you are not sounding too smart.

    • Kelvin - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Here’s a hint- your brain is broken.

      Some of us actually watch basketball and want our team to succeed and realize that in order for that to happen we may need to make some tough moves. Trading Jrue was one but cap space and extra picks for a loaded 2014 NBA Draft will be a huge boost.

  5. Zack - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I think of it this way…the Sixers were above average at best. You either want to be really good or really suck in the NBA. Above average teams stay average forever. I love Jrue….but I like this trade for the future. They were going nowhere with the team they had without Bynum. Now we don’t have to worry about resigning him and have 2 first round picks in a supposedly stacked draft.

  6. Ez$ - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Check out this list and then count the number of players until you see Jrues name.

    Honestly I lose interest after 20.

  7. mac - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    well done Hinke well done, finally a GM with balls that isnt afraid to set fire to everything and let it burn. start over. finally. finally. finally. and we may already have 2 solid young guys – a guard and a future big man to boot – and chance for a lotter pick and another 1st rounder next year. no more mediocrity, either we actual build toward something or we suck until we do.

  8. hitnrun - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Thank God. It hurts to lose Jrue, but I never want to hear Dei Lynam or Marc Zumoff say the words “young talented team” again.

    The Sixers were never going to do anything but bounce between below average and respectable. They took one big gamble with Bynum. It didn’t work. The “gamble” part was not just a cliche. There was a price to be paid. Good for them for paying it rather than living in denial.

    The NBA isn’t a sport so much as kinetic Hinduism. You don’t “get better”; you are what you’re born to be. 4 teams have a chance, 6 teams are really bad but have a chance to draft a star, and the other 20 are chumps.

    • lahoe819 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      shit did phil jackson take over the last half of your comment. wise words oh zen master lol. but your right.

  9. Matt S. - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    I’m game for tanking. Lets be bad enough to get Andrew Wiggins.

  10. bryan - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    I have watched the 76ers draft since Barkley was drafted, believe me!! this is not one of those drafts.
    You lost one of the better (pg) since A.I.. I am not saying Jrue was A.I. ,but he was improving every year.
    The team did pick-up a nice (pg) in return,it will take a couple of years for him to develop into a decent player.
    As far as Noel nothing against the kid,but it’s Bynum all over again.(but with heart) Do you really take a chance on another kid with knee,or leg problems again?
    Remember Hinkie is a numbers guy.Your going to see young players ,and cheap players.
    I don’t just want to see the 76ers compete, i want to see them win the whole thing not those other cities.
    To the owners:You sold us a bag of bad goods last year.You didn’t lose money on the deal ,because THE HEART LESS ONE was insured. We the fan lost money on tickets,merchandise etc.
    Show us again what its like to high-five the guy next to you that you don’t even know.To want to stay at the stadium even way after the game because the place is still rockin. That’s the team were looking for as fans!!!!.

    • Casino - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      I totally agree with what you said, but you have to be terrible before you’re back in that position… We sucked for years before we was able to draft Iverson…We’re gonna suck next year which puts us in a postion to draft the biggest prospect since Crybaby James(still a great player)….Andrew Wiggins and then with Noels&MCW you have a pure pg and a rim protector with a potential superstar and major money to play with in a loaded free agency class…Everything would have to play out but it’s definitely reason to be excited…

      • Nogel - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        People talking about Andrew Wiggins right now – someone who was walking to a 12th grade class a month ago – in the NBA, let alone on a specific roster, are totally insane.

      • nyphilsphan - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        @Nogel People said the same thing about Kobe and LeBron. Either way, it’s the way to win in the NBA. Find an amazing young talent. If he doesn’t work out, keep looking.

    • nyphilsphan - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Noel is 19 years old. Hasn’t had micro fracture. Isn’t a giant pain in the ass like Bynum. It’s a risk WORTH taking rather than a risk that was NOT worth taking.

      • Nogel - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        @nyphilspan: Not sure why I can’t reply to your comment above, but here goes. Kobe and Lebron could have been and were drafted out of HS. Now you need 1 year of college. (Why am I having to explain this????) How many things can happen to Wiggins OR the teams people are already drafting him to in the next year? Answer: Countless.

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