TORONTO - One of the 76ers' cornerstones has an idea about what the team should do in free agency.
Post player Nerlens Noel wants the Sixers to re-sign point guard Ish Smith. Noel expressed that during the NBA All-Star Weekend.
"He has to come back," Noel said. "He has to. He's an important piece to this and why we are so playing so well these past couple of months. And he's helped us at the point guard position, you know, just setting guys up in the post position.
"So he's got to come back."
The Sixers reacquired Smith in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for two second-round picks on Dec. 24. His contact will expire at the end of June.