Watch Joel Embiid say goodbye to Nerlens Noel after trade with Mavericks
With hours remaining before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers made a move to ship Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a first round pick.
The move shocked 76ers fans, many of whom expected the team to deal Jahlil Okafor if it were to let go of any of their young centers.
But the NBA trade deadline works in mysterious ways, and Embiid appeared to be among those on the team moved most by Noel’s trade.
Sixers beat writer Tom Moore tweeted video of Embiid embracing Noel as he left the team’s practice facility on Thursday.
Joel Embiid saying goodbye to Nerlens Noel: pic.twitter.com/7iK48eStUj
— Tom Moore (@tmoore76ers) February 23, 2017
Embiid tweeted his support for Nerlens after news of the trade broke.
Gonna miss my best friend but I'm happy for him… He represented the process since he was here from the start.. One more time>>> Trust It
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 23, 2017
The Mavericks play the Timberwolves Friday on the Target Center. Noel will come as much-needed rim protection against a team replete with young athletes.
Dan is on Twitter. Take the Nerlens, leave the Jah.