By: Connor Glowacki
Ah, the NBA Trade Deadline is upon us. And until 3 p.m. EST rolls around, we will be keep getting more trades that will certainly impact the landscape of the NBA for the rest of the season.
Earlier this week, we had huge news with the Sacramento Kings trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Now, the Philadelphia 76ers have traded center Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for center Andrew Bogut, forward Justin Anderson and a first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The deal was reported on by The Vertical, which by the way has become the go-to source for NBA news over sports media heavyweights like ESPN, Bleacher Report, etc.
The Vertical and other sites are now reporting that the 76ers are looking to find a new trade partner for Bogut because otherwise they will have to buyout his contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Now let's try and briefly break down this deal.
Noel is the centerpiece. And he has career averages of 10.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. But his overall numbers have dropped this season due to the emergence of Joel Embiid and the continued development of Jahlil Okafor at the center position. The 76ers wanted to move one of their three centers, so Noel is the one to go.
But this could be a great pickup for the Mavericks because Noel is a 6'11" ballhawk who can protect the rim. He has improved slightly in his offensive game, in terms of his post moves, and can be an elite defender. He is also still just 22! Philadelphia drafted Noel sixth overall in 2013, but he still has tons of upside to improve.
Dallas got younger at the center position by trading Bogut for Noel and I think will fit in nicely in that Mavericks frontcourt with long-time veteran forward Dirk Nowitzki and forward Harrison Barnes. And even though Dallas has underachieved with just a 22-34 record before the All-Star Break, they still are just three games out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. It's a move that can help short-term and long-term, provided they get Noel signed to an extension.
The deal also makes sense for Philadelphia because it again allows them to focus on Embiid and Okafor as their two centers. Second-year pro Justin Anderson could end up being a nice swingman down the road for a young Philly team as he was currently averaging 6.5 points per game behind Barnes on the Mavericks depth chart.
They also get a first round pick for a deep 2017 draft class and may be able to get some value for Bogut. Overall, this move means that Joel Embiid is officially the face-of-the-franchise. Trust the Process!
This deal looks good for both teams, to me. But what do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment below or on Twitter @ConnorGlowacki.