Mavericks trade Andrew Bogut to 76ers for Nerlens Noel

The 76ers are sending Nerlens Noel to Dallas for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a first-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Sixers acquired Noel from the New Orleans Pelicans, who had picked him out of Kentucky with the sixth overall pick, in a draft-night trade in 2013.

Noel earned first-team all-rookie honors in 2014-15 after averaging 9.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 75 games with 71 starts.

In reality, the trade is Noel for Anderson and two second-round picks.

Noel is averaging 8.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season. The success of the deal will very likely hinge on the development of 23-year-old shooting guard Justin Anderson, who has spent his first two seasons near the back of the Mavericks rotation. But apparently that rule won't apply to the Golden State Warriors if they wish to re-sign center Andrew Bogut.

One player rumored to have interested the Blazers seemingly all season is already off the trade block.

The addition of Noel, 22, fits Dallas' dual goals of fighting for a playoff spot and preparing for a post-Nowitzki future. The only upcoming issue for the Mavs is how much they have to pay Noel this summer when he hits free agency, but clearly they're ready to pay him a hefty sum after making this trade. Bogut returned right before the All-Star Break after missing the previous six games. The Sixers still have to re-up Embiid next season, and Simmons two seasons after Embiid. The team said Thursday it expects the 7-footer to return March 3 against NY.

Meanwhile, Noel can go a long way to furthering the Mavs' improved defense.

The reality is that if Embiid is healthy (yes, a big if), then Noel is basically a backup, and that's an incredibly high price to pay for a backup center.

  • Julie Sanders