Nerlens Noel to the Mavs

The Sixers finally make a decision on their big men.


The first move of Trade Deadline Day has been made!

Mavericks get:

Nerlens Noel (8.9 points per game, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 19.4 minutes)

76ers get:

Andrew Bogut (3.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 22.4 minutes)
Justin Anderson (6.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 13.9 minutes)
A 2017 First Round Draft Pick (Protected 1-18)

At last, Nerlens Noel has been freed from the Philadelphia 76ers! He’s heading down to Dallas, where he can get real minutes alongside Dirk Nowitzki in the starting lineup. This makes the Mavericks much more interesting heading down the stretch. At 22-34, they’re three games out of the final Playoff spot, and they definitely want to get Dirk into the Playoffs. This trade goes along with their never tank attitude, as they’ve acquired a great young big man that can be part of their core long after Nowitzki’s gone.

As for the Sixers, the immediate word is that they’re thinking about what to do next with Andrew Bogut.

He’s exactly the kind of guy you’d expect to be bought out, but enough teams could use him that the Sixers might be able to trade him before this afternoon’s deadline. Needless to say, after acquiring Tiago Splitter last night, they haven’t done anything to clear out their glut of big men, so expect them to remain active as we head towards the deadline. Philadelphia also adds Justin Anderson, a lively player who you might remember as a real pest in the Mavericks first round loss to the Thunder in last year’s Playoffs. He’s worth a look for the Sixers, and who knows, maybe he’ll develop into a key component for them going forward. As for the draft pick, it’s pretty well protected. It’ll remain with the Mavs if it falls between the 1st pick and the 18th pick, which it likely will.

This is a great move for the Mavs. It’ll be exciting to see what Noel can do in a more stable situation, where he’ll get some actual playing time, and Andrew Bogut never really a great fit alongside Dirk Nowitzki. It’s a move that helps the Mavs now, as they attempt to stay within the race for the 8th seed in the West, and going forward.

For Philadelphia, it means that they’ve made their choice on big men. It’ll be Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid going forward. I wonder if this decision was inspired by the pairing of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins down in New Orleans. Anyway, it’s great to see them finally settling on a decision, so they can start resembling a normal basketball team.

Author: tomeagher

Watching too much basketball.

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