It’s now NBA trade deadline week, and the latest rumor surrounding the Celtics takes a local turn. According to James L. Edwards III of The Athletic, the Celtics are one of a handful of teams who have inquired with the Detroit Pistons about trading for center Nerlens Noel.
Noel, 29, is from Everett and played his first two years of high school basketball at Everett High School before transferring to the Tilton School in New Hampshire. He played his college basketball at Kentucky, then was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans sixth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, with his rights being dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers that night. He’s since played for the Sixers, Mavericks, Thunder, Knicks, and is in his first season with the Pistons.
This is not the first time Brad Stevens has targeted a Massachusetts-born player since becoming the general manager. The team signed both Noah Vonleh of Haverhill and Jake Layman of Wrentham to preseason contracts back in the summer.