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Sixers trade Nerlens Noel to Mavericks for 2 players, 1st-round pick

Sixers trade Nerlens Noel to Mavericks for 2 players, 1st-round pick

Updated: 9:55 p.m.

With all eyes on Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers made a different deadline day splash, trading Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a first-round pick.

The trade was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The draft pick is top-18 protected. The Mavericks would pick seventh if the season ended today, so it is highly unlikely the pick will convey. If it doesn't convey in this year's draft, the Sixers instead get Dallas' second-round picks in 2017 and 2020.

So in reality, this should not be sold as Noel for a first-round pick and two players -- it would take a miracle for the Mavericks to win enough games the rest of the season to be in position for a pick 19 or lower.

Noel is a restricted free agent after the season. Wojnarowski reports the Mavericks will try to sign Noel to a long-term deal, which you'd think is a priority given what they traded for him.

"We want to wish Nerlens the best of luck in Dallas and thank him for his contributions over the last few years," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement.

What does the deal mean for Okafor? It means he survived the deadline and will stay with the Sixers for now.

In a move related to the trade, the Sixers requested waivers for Chasson Randle.

Bogut will be an unrestricted free agent. ESPN's Marc Stein reported that if the Sixers couldn't find a trade partner for Bogut -- which they didn't -- they could buy him out.

Anderson has three years remaining on his contract after this season. He's due $1.6 million in 2017-18, $2.5M in 2019-20 and $3.7M in 2019-20.

Anderson, 23, was the 21st overall pick in 2015 out of Virginia (much more on him here). In 106 games (11 starts) with Dallas, he averaged 5.1 points on 40 percent shooting with 2.7 rebounds. He's shot 30 percent from three this season.

"Justin Anderson is a talented, strong and defensive-minded wing who will fit nicely in [Brett Brown's] system," Colangelo said. "I’m certain Justin’s toughness and edge will add a tremendous amount to our team."

Anderson's best stretch this season came from Jan. 22 to 26, when he averaged 15.7 points in a three-game span.

Noel was the longest-tenured Sixer (see story), the lone remaining player from the beginning of "the process."

A high-energy player who makes his impact on the defensive end, Noel ends his Sixers career with averages of 10.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks in 171 games.

After being listed as doubtful, Joel Embiid dominates Nets in Sixers' Game 4 win

After being listed as doubtful, Joel Embiid dominates Nets in Sixers' Game 4 win

NEW YORK — So far this postseason, there is no way to predict if Joel Embiid will play in a playoff game.

He was doubtful in Game 1, but played. He was questionable in Game 2 and played. He was questionable and said his knee was feeling better pregame, but didn’t play in Game 3.

So naturally, with him being listed as doubtful, he played and was absolutely magnificent in the Sixers’ 112-108 Game 4 win over the Nets at Barclays Center Saturday (see observations).

After playing just 10 minutes in the first half, Embiid played 21 of 24 minutes in the second half. He finished with 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and six blocks. The only other player to put up that stat line in a playoff game is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1974, per Basketball-Reference.

“Just look at the magnitude of what the numbers say, the influence that the numbers say he must’ve had on a game,” Brett Brown said. “It’s hard to sort of say it any better than that. He was dominant. 

“There are times you could see it’s still raw. There are some decisions that he would probably like to have over again, but given the volume of playing time lately that he hasn’t had, it’s just a dominant performance. What more can you say?”

Beyond the numbers, Embiid was a force on both ends of the floor. His physical presence has been tough for the Nets to handle, especially young center Jarrett Allen.

Embiid was assessed a Flagrant 1 in Game 2 after delivering an elbow to the neck of Allen when making a move to the basket. On Saturday, Allen drove to the rim and was met by Embiid who was called for a foul. Veteran Jared Dudley, who’s become public enemy No. 1 in Philadelphia, took exception to the contact and charged after Embiid. Jimmy Butler in turn rushed at Dudley.

Butler and Dudley were both given double technicals and ejected while Embiid received yet another Flagrant 1. It’s worth noting that the league uses a point system with flagrant fouls. Embiid is up to two points. Four points and he’ll get an automatic one-game suspension, though the league could rescind the Flagrant 1 from Saturday.

Embiid was adamant postgame that he got “all ball.” 

“I’m not that type of player,” Embiid said. “Any chance that I get I try to go for the ball and if I feel like I made a mistake, I always apologize. At the same time, that’s also a mind game. l know these guys are going to go at me because they want me to retaliate so I got to be the mature one on the court and just stay cool and not react. Today I knew I could’ve reacted but I felt like my team needed me more than [the Nets] needed Jared Dudley.”

That’s an understatement — especially on Saturday.

The Sixers were able to win Game 3 without Embiid with Boban Marjanovic having his third consecutive standout performance. Marjanovic came down to earth in a big way in Game 4. Brown also tried plugging in rookie Jonah Bolden and Greg Monroe to buy Embiid more rest. It didn’t work out.

Brown was forced to ride his All-Star big man, who always seems to be in the middle of the action.

“He’s got a spirit about him — that’s the word I choose to use,” Brown said. “There’s a belief, there’s a swagger, there’s a spirit — choose whatever word you want. He’s got that persona. And then you say well, he’s incredibly physical. You take 7-foot-2 and you have that sort of dynamic personality and kind of the way you live your life and play basketball and you’re completely physical and highly competitive. It produces environments like that. 

“As his coach, you kind of wouldn’t trade it for much. It’s a rare combination that he has with his skill and his personality and his sort of innate competitiveness.”

What’s crazy is for as dominant as Embiid is on the offensive end, you can make the argument he’s even better on defense. He was otherworldly in this one with those six blocks and providing outstanding help defense all afternoon. 

With the way Ben Simmons has been playing against D’Angelo Russell in this series, the combination of Embiid and Simmons has neutralized Brooklyn’s pick-and-roll — not a sentence anyone expected to be typing while the Sixers were getting scorched in Atlanta by Trae Young just a few weeks ago.

But that was the regular season. The postseason is a completely different animal as the young Nets are finding out the hard way.

There is one thing that hasn’t changed from the regular season for the Sixers. The offensive strategy remains the same.

Get the ball to Embiid.

“The game plan has always been the same,” Embiid said. “I just got to be aggressive. These guys are trying to find me any ways they can … just got to play through the system. They want me to be aggressive. Any time [Brown] gets a chance to post me, he does it. For me, it’s just about being aggressive all the time and they do a great job finding me.”

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Sixers Talk Podcast: Breaking down one of the craziest playoff games in recent memory

On this episode of Sixers Talk, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick (live from Brooklyn) react to one of the craziest playoff games in recent memory.

Paul was in attendance for the skirmish. What was it like? 

Joel Embiid was dominant. JJ Redick struggled but hit the shot that mattered. The bench (other than Jonah Bolden) played well. All of it led to the Sixers taking a commanding 3-1 series lead.

1:00 - What's up with Jared Dudley?
7:00 - How were you feeling throughout the game?
10:30 - How do you assess Ben Simmons playing with Embiid?
16:30 - Sixers' defense showed its potential.
20:30 - Redick struggled but hit the shot that mattered.
26:30 - Bench (other than Bolden) played effectively.
31:30 - Disappointed at all with Simmons in the fourth quarter?

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