ESPN 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.
I really do not understand this trade for the Dallas Mavericks, they are one of the worst teams in the NBA and are going to need to rebuild as the Dirk Nowitzki era comes to a close, and they will need their draft picks down the road. This pick is top eighteen protected in 2017, so they will not lose this pick for the 2017 NBA Draft, but the pick will eventually lose its protection possibly when the Mavs are rebuilding and need the pick most. Dallas is banking on the fact that they are able to draw free agents, they see Nerlens Noel as a rotational player on a good team, they believe they will not be rebuilding but reloading. A first round pick that could eventually end up being very early if the Mavs end up rebuilding seems like a lot to give up for a big man with injury concerns who is limited as a player. As for the 76ers, the have a glut of young big men, and clearly want to move forward with budding star Joel Embiid as their centerpiece, so they added an additional first round pick in order the add more young talent around Embiid and rookie Ben Simmons. We are hearing that they are not expected to keep Bogut, but to flip him to a contender, to get another draft pick.