There were rumors that Okafor could go the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers, yet after the dust settled from Thursday's trade deadline, the Sixers big man still remained in Philadelphia. They'll send Noel to the Mavericks in exchange for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a 2017 first-round draft pick that is protected for picks 1-18.
That looks ugly, and really, it is ugly. Before this season began, Noel all but demanded a trade, predicting Philadelphia's glut of centers - which also included Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor - would become a problem.
Boston does have more money available than several other contenders to sign one of these players.
"I never looked at me being shopped as a negative thing", Oakfor said. With the organization unsure of what direction they are going, the up and coming big man gives Dallas a glimpse into the future with life after Dirk Nowitzki.
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the first round pick heading to Philadelphia is a conditional first-round pick, as it is protected from picks 1-18. In Mavericks terms it gives them a skinny Erick Dampier to groom, and if Noel's perimeter defense holds up that could help settle their center situation with an athletic 5 to play next to Harrison Barnes at either the 3 or the 4. They can use these to bring in young talent underneath the now developing core, or can trade them.
Adding salary has been as standard in trades for Philadelphia as adding draft picks. He may get shipped again before the final buzzer. "Everything is explainable, but injuries are unpredictable is the best way I can describe it". One time, on my very first auto - a Blue Mazda 2006 - I had a broken strut, and had to replace it by removing the brace that used to hold the strut in.
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"I think that he's got a really bright future, and he's gonna be given a terrific opportunity here", GM Donnie Nelson said. "We'll move forward with that player starting hopefully tomorrow or the day after that".
My point is that there may be some negative light shed on the trade at the moment, and rightfully so, something was broken. "It's just a logjam". By making this move now, the Raptors were perhaps the biggest winners of the trade deadline.
Noel is big to us, and because of that we see him as having a pretty big value.
Unless Okafor is only worth 30 cents on the dollar, and the Sixers are the only team that doesn't see it. In his 91 games for the Sixers, including 70 starts, Okafor has a record of 16-75.
Two second rounders and Anderson weren't enough for Philly to jettison Embiid's insurance policy in Noel - who offered Philly the rare chance to have a true rim protector on the floor for 48 minutes per game.
Bogdanovic was spotted at Wizards practice on Thursday, and could be eligible to play on Friday if everyone involved in the trade completes their physicals in time.