The New Orleans Pelicans traded Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, who surprisingly fell to the sixth pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers for point guard Jrue Holiday. The Pelicans also sent a top-5 protected 2014 first round pick to the 76ers, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Holiday, only 23 years old, was an all-star last season for the 76ers. I believe that this trade signifies that Philadelphia did not like the long-term potential of their roster, and chose to rebuild. Thus, I would expect Evan Turner and potentially Thad Y0ung to be traded, and would not expect free agent Andrew Bynum to re-sign.
The Pelicans added a piece of established value with the potential to improve and surrendered two assets whose value was based solely on projection. Personally, I think Nerlens Noel will become a very good player, and the 2014 draft is expected to be filled with high level talent. It seems clear that the Pelicans are committed to making a playoff push in this coming season. It will be interesting to see how they round out the rest of the roster.