76ers’ Nerlens Noel to undergo knee surgery, no timetable for return

Already doubtful to begin the season with a groin strain, 76ers forward Nerlens Noel has elected to undergo surgery on his ailing left knee, the team announced Friday.

Noel reported soreness in his left knee while rehabbing his groin and was diagnosed with inflamed plica in his knee. The surgery is considered minor and will occur within the coming days. He is without a timetable for return. With Jahlil Okafor (knee) on a minutes cap to begin the season, Richaun Holmes could see additional minutes for the Sixers alongside Joel Embiid (foot), who is expected to weaned into his first fu l season

Noel and the Sixers have until October 31 to work out a deal that will keep him from becoming a restricted free agent after this season. With the 76ers’ abundance of big men and recent trade rumors involving Noel, it appears unlikely the Kentucky product will remain in Philly long term. Noel averaged 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season.

The Sixers also announced backup guard Jerryd Bayless will be re-evaluated in two weeks after electing a non-surgical option to address a sore left wrist.

Philadelphia looks to improve from their 10-72 record from 2015-16 when the team opens up the new season Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.