New England Roots

Nerlens Noel on Everett roots, his love of KG and dealing with trade rumors

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The road to opportunity in the NBA has been a bumpy one for Everett native Nerlens Noel. After a strong first two NBA seasons, the 23-year-old escaped a frontcourt logjam in Philadelphia thanks to a trade to the Dallas Mavericks back in February.

After signing with the Mavericks as a restricted free agent this past summer on a one-year deal, Noel gambled he would be able to improve his value around the league with a strong showing in Texas. However, the 6-foot-11 forward/center has been limited by inconsistent playing time and injuries. He recently had thumb surgery that will sidelined him until at least next month. With rumors swirling about his future, Boston Sports Journal caught up with the local standout earlier this month to discuss his New England roots and much more.

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