ESPN: 76ers trading Nerlens Noel to Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks have traded center Andrew Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Nerlens Noel, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and multiple reports. (WPVI)

The Dallas Mavericks have traded center Andrew Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Nerlens Noel, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and multiple reports.


The Mavericks will also send Justin Anderson and a conditional first-round pick to Philadelphia, sources told ESPN.
Bogut told ESPN's Tim MacMahon that he is considering his options, including requesting a buyout if he's not traded to another team.

The Sixers tried to find a second trade before the deadline to move Bogut, but couldn't. Philadelphia and Bogut's agent, David Bauman, will thus immediately commence buyout negotiations, sources said.

Bogut will remain playoff-eligible for his next team as long as he is released by the 76ers by March 1. The Cavaliers' interest in acquiring Bogut his been well-chronicled, while sources told ESPN on Thursday that San Antonio and Houston also intend to court the Australian 7-footer once he clears waivers.

If Philadelphia does not receive the Mavericks' top-18 protected draft pick this season, the pick converts to two 2nd-round choices in 2017 and 2018, sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Bogut, a 12-year veteran who has started his entire career, was moved to the bench last month because the Mavs struggled with him playing next to Dirk Nowitzki.

Bogut is averaging 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 26 games.

Noel, in his third NBA season, is averaging 8.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 29 games. He clashed with the Sixers at times during his stay due to a logjam in the frontcourt that also included Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid.
The addition of Noel, 22, fits Dallas' dual goals of fighting for a playoff spot and preparing for a post-Nowitzki future.

Noel will be a restricted free agent after next season, which means the Mavericks can offer him more money/years than any other team. Dallas can also match any offer sheet.

"He's an athletic big, he's young and he's got a lot of potential," Nowitzki said today about Noel. "He's a rim protector. He's long and he can finish around the rim. That's what I guess they were looking for. ... A guy that can roll and really sucks the defense in helps all of us, not only myself. That's what our offense is, the big guy needs to roll and be a presence at the rim on both ends. If he's healthy, he can do that."

Information from ESPN's Tim MacMahon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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