NBA Trade Deadline Roundup: Mavs Get Nerlens Noel; Pacers Stand Pat

Bogut lands a new home in Philly - for now

I was (and still am) convinced that the reason that the Warriors weren't able to overcome the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association finals previous year was your injury. With that in mind, Noel is a big loss for the 76ers. As a Mavericks fan, I love this trade for multiple reasons.

He found himself the odd man out in a logjam of young big men in Philadelphia.

Anderson was drafted with the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by Dallas where he became a huge piece of the puzzle in the Mavs late season playoff push.

Noel is joining a young core the Mavericks have built out of nothing the past two years.

After acquiring Hibbert from the Charlotte Hornets earlier this month, the Bucks turned around and traded him to the Nuggets. They pulled off the feat once again today, as they agreed to a trade with the Dallas Mavericks. It was clear the player the 76ers opted to trade likely wouldn't have had a long-term future in Philadelphia, so they cashed in while they could.

Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game in his one standout collegiate season with Kentucky before being picked No. 6 overall in the 2013 draft.

Then you look at Justin Anderson. We were able to move past that stage finally and move onto fixing the greater problem - the strut itself.

The future, in the Sixers' case, means when Embiid and Simmons are healthy and not on minutes limits.

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Plus, when Colangelo arrived last April, there were only two games left in the regular season. That dynamic is going to be interesting to watch in the coming seasons, assuming both are Mavericks long-term. But not every could-be Jae Crowder turns into Jae Crowder.

While they may not receive the first round pick this season, the 76ers receive a solid wing player in Anderson.

"I'm not here to evaluate the trade", Nowitzki said before the deal was announced.

The Mavs' deadline-day acquisition of Nerlens Noel via trade with Philadelphia was the big headline-grabber yesterday around here, but another story developed in wake of a separate roster move: Dallas now appears to be handing the point guard reins to rookie Yogi Ferrell. The team's average age is now 27 and if one were to wonder the last time Dallas had a group of youngsters this promising, you'd have to look back to the Michael Finley, Steve Nash, and Dirk days.

It will take some time to answer that question, but critics of this trade are also asking about the timing of the deal.

Boston does have more money available than several other contenders to sign one of these players.

"We just lost a great friend, a great teammate, and a great player. myself and everybody, we're all happy for Nerlens because he's going to a great situation for him". Will Noel sign a max contract with Dallas only to have his injury history haunt him and his athletic game moving forward?

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