With Dirk Nowitzki nearing the end of his illustrious career, the Dallas Mavericks made a bold move Thursday to fill his shoes in the future.
The Mavs acquired dynamic third-year center Nerlens Noel from Philadelphia, sending veteran center Andrew Bogut, second-year reserve small forward Justin Anderson and a projected 2017 first round pick the other way, according to a report by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
That first round pick is top-18 protected for 2017, and if it’s not converted, it will turn into two second-round selections from the Mavericks in 2018 then 2019, according to another report.
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Noel is a restricted free agent this summer and will be engaged by Dallas about a contract extension. In 29 games this season (seven starts), the former sixth overall pick has averaged 8.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
Bogut, who may yet be re-routed before the deadline expires, has started 21 of 26 games this season, scoring 3.0 points per game and averaging 8.3 rebounds. Anderson has started two of 51 games, with 6.5 point in just under 14 minutes of average playing time.