NBA: Mavericks send Bogut to 76ers in Noel deal
NEW YORK — Australian center Andrew Bogut has been traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA deal sending forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas, according to multiple reports Thursday.
The move comes just hours before the the league’s transfer window slams shut ahead of the resumption of games after the NBA All-Star Game break.
ESPN, Fox Sports and Yahoo Sports all reported the swap, which sees the Mavericks also send guard Justin Anderson and a first-round NBA Draft choice.
Philadelphia reportedly will look to trade Bogut, who helped the Golden State Warriors win the NBA title two seasons ago and was part of last season’s record 73-win Warriors team before being sent to Dallas to make salary room for Golden State to sign superstar Kevin Durant.
The 76ers still plan to have a right foot scan Thursday on Ben Simmons, the Aussie playmaker who was taken with the top pick in last year’s NBA Draft. Simmons has yet to play in the league after suffering a broken right foot in the 76ers’ final training camp workout.
Turkish forward Ersan Ilyasova, enjoying a career-best season, was traded from the 76ers to Atlanta late Wednesday for injured Brazilian center Tiago Splitter, a second-round NBA Draft pick and the right to swap second-round picks with the Hawks in June’s NBA Draft.
Ilyasova, 29, began the campaign with Oklahoma City before being traded to the 76ers. He is averaging career highs of 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds this season.
“Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture,” 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.
At 32-24, the Hawks rank fifth in the Eastern Conference while the 76ers, 21-35, have the third-worst record in the East, 5 1/2 games behind Detroit for the last playoff berth.
“We are excited to welcome Ersan,” said Hawks coach and president of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer. “He’s a high-character, proven veteran who we’ve liked for many years and believe fits well within our system.”
Splitter, 32, spent his first five seasons with the San Antonio Spurs before being traded to the Hawks, but he has not played this season due to a hamstring injury.