Toronto Raptors are the best team in the Eastern Conference after Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, but they are still far to play seven games against them in the NBA Playoffs 2016-17.
The Raptors are expected to aggressively pursue Nerlens Noel because he is not the part of the rotation in the Philadelphia 76ers. With Pattrick Patterson and Jared Sullinger, and young prospect Pascal Siakam they can't expect to match Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, and trading for Nerlens Noel is the next move for the front office in Toronto.
According to Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler wrote this:
The Philadelphia 76ers have conceded that center Nerlens Noel will not be part of the rotation going forward, at least for the time being. Noel has changed agents recently, and his representation and the 76ers are working together toward a trade and a solution.
There are a couple of teams to watch on the Noel front, the biggest being the Toronto Raptors. It is unlikely that the Raptors mess with their team chemistry in moving a core player, but if the 76ers want some of the Raptors’ young players or non-core parts, Toronto would have interest in Noel, according to sources close to the situation.
He is not happy in the Philadelphia and he can play in the starting lineup alongside Lowry, DeRozan, Carroll and Valanciunas.
Noel is an interesting prospect, he is a lengthy big man who can run the floor and uses his athletic ability to finish around the rim. He has career averages of 10.5 PPG, 8.1 RBG, and shows of his ability to protect the rim with 1.7 blocks per game. He hasn’t exactly been a good fit in Philadelphia and could potentially put up better numbers if given the right situation. There are many teams in the league who would love to have him on their roster if the opportunity to trade for him became available.