The Philadelphia 76ers are trading center Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a firs-round draft pick.

The 76ers have now made two deals in the last 24 hours, acquiring two centers. Yesterday they received Tiago Splitter in a deal for Ersan Ilyasova, and today they got Bogut.

These deals don’t free any space of big men by the numbers, but it does in fact do so in terms of talent. Prior to this deal, the 76ers had Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Noel all on the same roster. All three of those guys are extremely talented and are starting-caliber in this league.

This is just another move for Philadelphia, but perhaps they’re not done.

The Dallas Mavericks will receive a healthy big who can protect the rim. Andrew Bogut (who may not stick around) was a decent rim-protector, but he was unable to remain available and the best ability is availability.

This will be a clean slate and new start for Nerlens Noel, who had said coming into the season that the 76ers needed to move one of their bigs (himself included).

The following is from NBC Sports:

“I think it’s just silly . . . this situation that we are in now with three starting centers,” Noel said on the eve of the Sixers’ media day. “With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer…

“I feel like it definitely needs to be figured out,” he said. “I think at the end of the day, again, you have three starting-caliber centers. And it’s just not going to work to anybody’s advantage having that on the same team. That’s how I’m looking at it. I’m not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated….

“Don’t get me wrong. We all get along great on the court and off the court,” Noel said. “But at the end of the day, it’s like having three starting quarterbacks. It doesn’t make any sense.”

It was clear that the Philadelphia 76ers needed to make a move or two, and they have.

The 76ers also get Justin Anderson who is known for his defense. He will add to the much needed wing depth. He should get more than an opportunity to prove himself even more.

Sending out Nerlens Noel was a solid step in the right direction. It remains to be seen if the 76ers will make anymore moves, particularly involving Jahlil Okafor.

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