Nerlens Noel tops long 76ers’ injury list
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers are down to Spencer Hawes as their lone healthy big man with significant NBA experience.
Rookie center Nerlens Noel is rehabbing from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and not expected to return to game action until December, if at all this season.
Sixers forward Arnett Moultrie injured a bone in his left ankle, the medial malleolus, last week and had surgery Thursday, the team announced. Moultrie is not expected to return until “some time in the new year.”
Coach Brett Brown said Wednesday center Lavoy Allen was injured. The team has not provided any further update on his condition.
And Sixers center Kwame Brown strained his right hamstring during off-season workouts and will receive a second opinion.
Brown, 31, and Allen, 24, are in the final year of contracts that will pay them each approximately $3 million this season. The Sixers have team options on Moultrie, a first-round draft pick in 2012 who will turn 23 before he returns to the court, for each of the next two seasons.
Moultrie (6-11, 249) averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds and 11.5 minutes in 37 games last season. He shot 58 percent from the field and 64 percent from the line.
Brown (6-11, 270) has been a massive disappointment, averaging 1.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 games last season. He last played in a game Feb. 20 and was benched for the remainder of the season.
Allen (6-9, 225) appeared in 79 games last season, starting 37, and routinely had his work ethic questioned by the Sixers coaching staff. The Temple product averaged 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field and 72 percent from the line.
Hawes, 25, is also in the last year of a contract that pays him about $6.5 million this season. The 7-foot, 225-pound center and power forward is a six-year veteran who averaged 11 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 blocks while playing in all 82 games last season, the first time in his career he didn’t miss a contest. He started 40 times, shot 46 percent from the field, 78 … [For more on Nerlens Noel tops long Philadelphia 76ers injury list, click here.]