Pay per head sportsbooks learned that on Monday, coach Brett Brown said that the Philadelphia 76ers expect first-round draft pick Nerlens Noel to sit out the entire season as he recovers from knee surgery.
“I doubt, everybody doubts that he’s going to play this year,” Brown said before Philadelphia played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. “We don’t want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it’s an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero.”
The 76ers’ plan did not originally plan to sit out Noel for the entire season – last March he underwent surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee. Pay per head sportsbooks remember that the No. 7 overall pick first suffered the injury last February 12 while he played for the Kentucky Wildcats.
The timetable for the player’s recovery was initially set for 6-8 months, which was expected to let the player return to action at some point in the middle of his rookie season.
In June, Dr. James Andrews, the one who performed the surgery, told ESPN that the player was ahead of schedule, and pay head sportsbooks were very pleased to hear this.
“We’re really happy with his progress,” Andrews said then. “He’s several weeks ahead of schedule on his rehab. He’s improving on a weekly basis. He has a completely stable knee.”
Price per head services know that the 76ers cut their payroll to the NBA’s lowest, and left several empty places on the roster with moves that took place over the summer. The team appears to be re-tooling for the future and the decision on Noel seems to follow that path.
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In exchange for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia acquired Noel and a protected 2014 first-round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans . It was believed that Noel slid on some draft boards due to concern over his injured knee.