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Wednesday / April 25.
  • Philadelphia Sends Nerlens Noel to Dallas

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    The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly traded former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks hours before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.

    Along with Anderson and the first-round pick – reportedly top-18 protected in 2017 – the Sixers received center Andrew Bogut.

    If Philadelphia does not collect on Dallas’ 2017 protected first-rounder, the pick will then option to two second-round selections, per Zach Lowe. The Mavericks are currently projected to select No. 7 overall according to, with a record of 22-34.

    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported shortly after the deal broke that Philadelphia would work on trading Bogut before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. Should the Sixers be unable to find a deal, both sides would work towards a buyout agreement.

    Noel played the 2012-13 season under John Calipari in Lexington. After tearing his ACL just 24 games into his Wildcat tenure, Noel fell to the No. 6 pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2013 NBA draft.

    Former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie traded Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans in a deal centered around Noel.

    A log-jam at the center position by way of 2014 No. 3 pick Joel Embiid and 2015 No. 3 pick Jahlil Okafor led to an outspoken Noel – who will become a restricted free agent following this season – proclaiming the Sixers needed to move one of their big men.

    In 29 games so far this season Noel recorded seven starts, averaging 8.9 points, five rebounds, 1.4 steals and just under one block in 19 minutes of action per contest.


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