Finally these two guys are officially 76ers. The team has announced that they have officially signed Sixth overall pick Nerlens Noel and eleventh overall pick Michael Carter-Williams but terms of the deal have not been disclosed.. Noel will likely carry a cap hit of $2.643 million due to where he was selected in the draft while Carter-Williams will probably have a cap hit of $1.834 million.
They must spend another $10 million to reach the salary cap floor, which sits at 90% of the salary cap. If the Sixers do not reach the salary cap floor, they must pay the remaining difference across their current roster - not much of a punishment to be honest.
Philadelphia opens up their preseason on October 6th in Spain against Spanish-team, Bilbao.
Noel was acquired, along with a 2014 first round pick, from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for All Star point guard Jrue Holiday and the 42nd overall selection (PG Pierre Jackson, Baylor). Noel, 19, was widely considered to be the best prospect in the draft. He is already a plus defender with superior athleticism on the defensive end and extraordinary shot blocking ability.
Carter-Williams, 21, came on to the 76ers radar late in the evaluation process as he worked out for the team the weekend prior to the draft. The Syracuse guard rated highly on the analytic scale, which is what the Sixers are using to evaluate players under Hinkie. The Massachusetts native is lightning quick with terrific ball-handling ability. He can score from just about anywhere on the court but excels at taking the ball to the hoop. Carter-Williams is a natural point guard as his court vision is second to none.
I'm excited to see what these guys can do together which likely won't happen until Christmas time as Noel is rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered on February 12th. Christmas, Noel. The puns just write themselves.
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