Philadelphia 76ers: reviewing trade deadline transactions


The Mavericks were actively shopping Bogut in the months leading up to today's deadline. He held onto Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor through the summer, despite having an offer from Boston for Noel that was superior to the one he took from Dallas, and attempted to justify it by saying the injury situation made them hard to deal. The full return is unclear, but multiple reports indicate Dallas will send Ryan Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a first-round pick to the Sixers as part of the deal.

Nerlens Noel has a new home in Texas.

Asked if he believes everybody at practice Wednesday will remain Sixers beyond Thursday afternoon, coach Brett Brown said he's "learned you're not confident of anything" after 15 years in the league.

The 22-year-old Noel used Twitter to thank Philadelphia fans for supporting him. In fact, he's consistently improved his game despite inconsistent playing time.

"The 6'11" former Kentucky star, Noel figures immediately into the Mavs starting lineup. The Mavs now hope to work Noel into the fold quickly, looking to claw their way into playoff contention in the process. He averaged 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 106 games with 11 starts for the Mavericks.

Acquiring Andrew Bogut does not mean much because the Sixers will probably just buy him out.

On other hand, the Sixers are getting a 23-year-old small forward in Anderson, who is making strides in his second-year in the National Basketball Association. They invested in the future.

Frankly, it is a bit of a curious trade for the 76ers. The first second-round pick used to belong to the Miami Heat but was acquired by the Hawks in a previous deal.

Nerlens Noel was that audible.

This season, though, the Sixers entered camp with a crowded front court group featuring Noel, Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric and Richaun Holmes.

Unlike in Philly, the opportunities are for the taking in Dallas and Noel needs only to take advantage. Noel's defensive prowess will be missed off the bench, but it was naive to think that he could have continued to be the Sixers' backup center while getting paid upwards of $80 million.