I’m having a hard time believing this is true. How on Earth do the Sixers not have enough salary cap room to re-sign Noel? They don’t have a single player on a max contract. What are you saving your money for, Brian, you think Steph Curry’s going to sign with you in the offseason?
They may not want to pay as much as Noel will get on the market, but I still say they should bite the bullet. The salary cap and max contract are only going to go up, and Noel signed to a max or near-max contract from 2017 is going to look like a much better deal in 2020, when Simmons’s expiring rookie deal would probably force the Sixers to trade Noel. Also, I don’t think Noel will command anywhere near that much.