Good News: Knicks, Rockets, and Hornets all reportedly interested in Nerlens Noel.

Noel, who was selected sixth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, is renowned for his athleticism and adaptability, particularly when it comes to defense.

The 29-year-old, though, hasn’t been on an NBA roster since the Kings dismissed him in September. He played in just 17 games for the Pistons and Nets during the previous campaign, averaging just 11.5 minutes per night with 2.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.9 steals.

The Knicks, who have a 15-man roster with two available places, have recently struggled with injuries to their frontcourt. Scotto claims that Noel, who spent two seasons with the team from 2020 to 22, is a favorite of head coach Tom Thibodeau. Before signing Taj Gibson to a second 10-day deal, New York made sure he was okay, according to Scotto.

The Rockets needed a center to complement and back up Alperen Sengun before the trade deadline. Steven Adams, who they acquired from Memphis, is more of a long-term option up front because he will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Despite having a complete 15-man roster right now, Houston might still be looking for a big man who can provide immediate assistance.

The Hornets lack depth at center past Nick Richards, who has assumed the starting role, and have missed a large portion of the season due to the absence of starter center Mark Williams. Williams’ return date is unknown, so they might want to add some depth at the five.

Though the Hornets are eliminated from the postseason, it’s important to remember that the Knicks are a playoff club and the Rockets still have play-in hopes. For that reason, they may choose to rely on younger players for those minutes.

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