The trade: Tarik Black, Lou Williams and removal of protection for Nerlens Noel.
Why, Philly: They get a young back-up 5 in Tarik and a productive combo guard (and former Sixer) in Lou as well as a guaranteed first round pick. They could very well get the Laker pick this summer anyway as we probably will finish in the 3-6 worst range, but as with all drafts the real price is usually at the top and if they could increase the odds of landing Markelle Fultz, that could make this a decent gamble. Of course, they wont have to pay a relatively unhappy Nerlens Noel a boatload of money either.
Why not, Philly: Nerlens Noel is a valuable piece and a good fit with Embiid and Philly hopes to move Okafor instead. Also, by moving Noel the Lakers could improve enough that the pick falls well out of the top 5, which the Sixers would have received anyway.
Why, Lakers: There is a good chance we fall right out of the bottom 3 and miss out on the pick. Therefore turning it into something productive now might make sense. Nerlens is 22 so he fits the age profile of our young squad and he gives us a legitimate defensive 5 who would be a good fit next to Randle going forward. Russell-Clarkson-Ingram-Randle-Noel would be the Laker team of the future.
Why not, Lakers: Mozzy is the starting 5 and adding Noel could give some problems in that regard. Also, looking around the league it’s tough to see all that many teams that are worse than us, so there is a good chance we get to keep the pick, again. Fultz, J.Jackson or Giles all have much greater upside than Noel and would be a welcome addition. Also, guys like Ibaka (FA in '17) or Cousins ('18) could be in the Lakers' sights, which makes Noel a bad Investment.
What do you think?