Report: Mavericks Trade for 76ers’ Nerlens Noel

Bryan Brandom
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Three hours before the trade deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers finally traded one of their ever-growing fleet of centersNerlens Noel—and picked up another one in the process.

The Dallas Mavericks reportedly won the Noel sweepstakes by sending Philly second-year wing Justin Anderson, center Andrew Bogut, and a condition first-round pick.

For now the draft pick is a 2017 first-rounder—but it won't come unless the Mavericks miraculously make the playoffs and finish with one of the 12 best records in the league. "Unlikely" doesn't begin to describe that scenario for the 22-34 Mavs.

It hasn't yet been reported whether the pick would then be wiped out if not in the top 18, or if it would convey a season later in 2018. The former would be a paltry return for the defensive force Noel has shown he can be. In his first two seasons, prior to losing out on minutes to a crowded frontcourt this year, the now-22-year-old averaged 10.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game.

But if Philly does end up with a first, it'll be a nice haul for the sixth overall pick of 2013. Anderson, 23, gives them another young wing with good role player potential to support their core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Noel will be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning Dallas will have the ability to match any offer sheet he signs from another team.

There's a good shot the Sixers will buy out Bogut, rendering him free to sign elsewhere—but not with the Golden State Warriors, because they traded him in July.


Nevermind, this trade sucks for the Sixers.

Somewhere, Sam Hinkie is pissed.