NBA Trade Rumors: Woj Discusses Raptors Trade Pursuit, Nerlens Noel and More Buzz

By Noboru Wataya , Updated Dec 15, 2016 03:14 AM EST
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In a podcast session with Bobby Marks of the Vertical at Yahoo Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski discussed a number of trade candidates and possibilities. With the trade season officially starting on Thursday, Woj expects these trade rumors to heat up a notch.

Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors orderly compiled the trade scenario discussed by Woj and Marks during the podcast session.

Woj on Raptors' trade target:

"The Raptors appear to be willing to give up a draft pick and at least one of their young prospects to improve their current roster, but there aren't many options out there right now for Toronto. According to Wojnarowski, the club can afford to be patient and opportunistic since it has so many young players who are still improving."

On Nerlens Noel's current trade value:

"Not good," per Wojnarowski, who adds that those clubs haven't gotten good reports about the way the Sixers big man carries himself, and his habits. Teams are still interested in acquiring Noel, but they don't want to give up a whole lot for him, so it'll be interesting to see if Philadelphia eventually takes what it can get."

"The Sixers would probably love to see Noel put in a couple healthy and productive months before the deadline to improve his stock."

On potential Goran Dragic trade:

"The Heat will likely test the trade market for Goran Dragic, but after giving up two first-round picks to acquire him, getting a single pick back in return would essentially be admitting they made a mistake, says Wojnarowski."

On Nets trading Brook Lopez:

"Marks believes that if the Nets decide to move Brook Lopez, they can wait until the last year of his contract to do so. Marks, who previously worked for the franchise, calls Lopez a "creature a habit," suggesting the veteran center is more likely than most players to re-up with his current team instead of actively exploring the free agent market. Lopez's deal expires in 2018, but Wojnarowski notes that Brooklyn values him and won't move him just to move him."

Woj added the Boston Celtics are still monitoring the trade market in pursuit of an established star. Jimmy Butler, Paul George and De

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