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NBA Draft 2013: Twitter Reacts to New Orleans Pelicans-Philadelphia 76ers Trade
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Nerlens Noel was drafted with the sixth overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans and he was then traded to the Philadelphia 76'ers.

Former University of Kentucky center Nerlens Noel was once considered to be the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft but he slipped to sixth, where he was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night. 

Noel dropped out of the top five picks due to teams worrying about his health after he tore his left ACL, according to ESPN's Andy Katz

After being selected by the Pelicans, Noel told Shane Battier in an interview that there is going to be a "block party" in New Orleans, referring to him teaming up with another former University of Kentucky big man, Anthony Davis.

Within minutes of being drafted, Noel was involved in trade rumors and the fantasizing about the Pelicans' block party was over.

Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Pelicans were going to trade Noel and their first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for point guard Jrue Holiday and the 42nd pick in Thursday's draft. 

Correction: New Orleans sends a 2014 1st round pick to Philadelphia in the deal.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013

Philadelphia also sends the 42nd overall pick in this draft to Pelicans with Holiday, source tells Y!

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013

Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks in 24 games last season.

Philadelphia likely traded for Noel to replace center Andrew Bynum, who did not play last year due to knee injuries but still received more than $16 million. Bynum will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

Spencer Hawes is currently the only Philadelphia center under contract for next season. 

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Philadelphia 76'ers center Andrew Bynum did not play last season due to knee injuries. It is likely that Nerlens Noel will replace him next season.

By trading for Noel the 76ers can pay for a center on a rookie contract rather than the amount of money that it would cost to re-sign Bynum. 

Philadelphia replaced one center coming off an injury with a younger center coming off an injury. While it was risky to trade for Noel amid the questions surrounding his ACL, weight and offensive prowess, it is less of a risk than re-signing the unmotivated and more expensive Bynum.

The first-round pick that the 76ers will receive next season is protected for the first five picks, according to ESPN.

By acquiring Holiday, New Orleans received a point guard with four years of experience who can start immediately. Holiday started every game that he played in over the course of the past three seasons and had a breakout season last year. 

He averaged 17.7 points, eight assists and 4.2 rebounds per game, which were all career highs. 

The Pelicans have three point guards on their rosterGreivis Vasquez, Brian Roberts and Terrel Harrisand all of them will become restricted free agents after next season. 

New Orleans acquired a second point guard on Thursday night when they took control of Philadelphia's 42nd overall pick, which the Pelicans used to draft former Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson

Both teams are rebuilding and made important improvements with the trade, but the players that Philadelphia received have a higher upside. 

Philadelphia needed a younger, less expensive and more motivated center. The 76ers also cleared more than $40 million in cap space by trading Jrue Holiday. The loss of their leading scorer and starting point guard was lessened when they selected Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th pick. 

While a frontcourt of Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel would have been incredibly exciting to watch, the Pelicans instead acquired an emerging, young point guard in Holiday who is already established in the league.

However, New Orleans now has five point guards in the mix for its roster next season, which means the Pelicans could get the short end of the stick considering that they potentially gave Philadelphia two lottery picks. New Orleans had the fifth-worst record in the NBA last season and a similar record next year could potentially give Philadelphia a draft pick in the six to 10 range in 2014. 

Vasquez has shown consistent improvement in each of his three seasons in the NBA and his statistics in the 2012-13 season were comparable to those of Holiday. He averaged 13.9 points, nine assists and 4.3 rebounds per game last year. 

Considering that New Orleans needs to improve its depth at small forward and center in order to make a playoff push next season, trading for Holiday and drafting Jackson does not make sense.

Unless the Pelicans plan on trading Vasquez, it appears that they gave up too much when the players they received in return will add depth to a position that doesn't need it. 

Vasquez, who will make just over $2 million next season, will be valuable on the trade market, and if New Orleans gets enough in exchange for him, the Pelicans could benefit a lot from their trade with the 76ers. 

Philadelphia was the ninth-best team in the Eastern Conference last season, and while this trade may not allow them to make the playoffs next year, especially since Noel won't be available for the first few months of the season, it does give them hope for the future.

The 76ers received the greater upside, potentially two lottery picks in a two-year span, in the trade, while New Orleans will have to test the trade market to get the most out of its half of the trade. 

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