NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers Deal Nerlens To Dallas Mavericks
The latest NBA trade rumors say the Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly dealt Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for center Andrew Bogut, guard Justin Anderson and a protected first-round draft pick.
Noel, the No. 6 pick in the 2014 draft, is the lone asset going to Dallas, per the report.
Philadelphia is sending Nerlens Noel to Dallas for Justin Anderson and a first-round draft pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the conditional first-rounder is protected in June’s 2017 NBA Draft.
Andrew Bogut is in the trade to Philadelphia and Dallas’ pick is protected 1-to-18 in the June draft, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
The pick likely won’t convey until at least 2018 for the Sixers with the No. 1-18 protection.
The deal comes as a surprise to many around the league, who expected the Sixers to deal second year center Jahlil Okafor at the deadline and keep Noel.
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Noel will be a restricted free agent this summer and the Mavericks will reportedly work to ink him to a long-term deal.
It remains unclear if the Sixers feared committing long term to Noel, or if this was simply an opportunity to get the best value they could find and clear their big man logjam.
Anderson, a second-year player from Virginia, will fit in well with the Sixers. His defense fits Brett Brown’s defensive scheme and it will be interesting to see how his numbers extrapolate playing more significant minutes for the Sixers.
Anderson is averaging 6.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game this season for the Mavericks in 13.9 minutes per game.
It remains to be seen if the Sixers will keep the veteran Bogut, waive him or try to turn around and flip him ahead of the 3 p.m. EST trade deadline.