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Sixers Assign Nerlens Noel To Delaware

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Nerlens Noel will get in some extra work with the Sevens as he prepares for his 2016-17 debut.

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The Undefeated’s Marc Spears is reporting that injured Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel has been sent to the Delaware 87ers on an injury rehab assignment.

From Spears:

Noel was scheduled to practice Wednesday with the Delaware 87ers, who are owned and operated by the Sixers, as part of his recovery from an October arthroscopic knee surgery.

Noel's stint with Delaware, sources said, is purely for rehab purposes and won't involve any game action, similar to what the Sixers did recently with veteran guard Jerryd Bayless.

The Sixers have three games in four days, which means no real time to practice, while the Sevens don’t have a game until Sunday. Sending Noel to Delaware simply allows him to get some extra work in, and Derek Bodner is reporting that the Sixers are hoping the fourth year center will be able to scrimmage with their D-League affiliate.

Noel was ruled out for three-to-five weeks on Oct. 22 with an inflamed plica above his left knee, and had surgery in New York the following Monday. Although the five week time frame has just passed, head coach Brett Brown said that Noel is still a few weeks away from playing.

In 67 games last year, Noel averaged 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while shooting 52.1 percent from the field.