Sixers assign unhappy Noel to D-League

Sam Amico

Disgruntled Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel has been assigned to Delaware of the D-League.

The Sixers announced the transaction Wednesday.

The move is part of Noel's ongoing rehabilitation for a knee injury that's kept him out all season. He had surgery last month on his left knee and has not appeared in a game.

Noel has hinted he would like to play elsewhere when he does return, and the Sixers are attempting to accommodate him. He is part of a crowded frontcourt that includes second-year center Jahlil Okafor and rookie Joel Embiid.

Several teams, including Portland, have recently held discussions with the Sixers about Noel.

Noel was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft. He entered the season with career averages of 10.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. He has no issues with his D-League assignment, sources said, but hopes the Sixers can trade him before the deadline in February.

The Sixers also announced they have recalled recalled Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the 87ers.