76ers trade Nerlens Noel to Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Bogut

Nerlens Noel was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the hours leading up to the National Basketball Association trade deadline, signaling a different direction for the franchise as they mold their roster.

Bogut is in the final year of his contract, so the Sixers could buy him out and make him a free agent. They had plenty of space to sign Noel if they wished. That's the same haul they essentially got for Ersan Ilyasova last night, plus Justin Anderson. Bringing that kind of player to Dallas does wonders for the Mavs' playoff chances and pencils in another reliable, long-term fixture alongside Harrison Barnes.

The 2017 first-round pick?

Sources told ESPN that Williams is thus expected to receive roughly $2.5 million from the Mavericks upon his expected release and then draw interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz, among other teams, once he clears waivers.

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Toronto dealt Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks for P.J Tucker from the Phoenix Suns. Select all three, take advantage of the fact that Embiid was slated to miss his rookie season (and would eventually miss another), and eventually shuffle some along as the team susses out their incompatibilities. I'm willing to bet he doesn't even play a single minute for them. The former would be a paltry return for the defensive force Noel has shown he can be. Negotiating a buyout for Dallas is probably the best course of action. But the pair played just eight minutes together.

If they chose not to match, they'd lose Noel for nothing.

The Vertical was first to report the deal. That then led to a disgruntled Noel taking a blowtorch to whatever value he had, all while Okafor continued to display that his game is not cut out for the modern National Basketball Association.

Bogut ended up not being a great fit at center in Dallas after coming over in a trade with Golden State when the Warriors had to unload players to make room under the salary cap for Kevin Durant.