The Dallas Mavericks were the first to strike on the NBA trade deadline. Dallas acquired Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers. According to The Vertical, the Mavericks will send Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a first round pick to the Sixers.
Here’s a look at the new projected starting lineup for the Mavs:
C- Nerlens Noel
PF- Dirk Nowitzki
SF- Harrison Barnes
SG- Wesley Matthews
PG- Deron Williams
Here’s a full rundown of the Mavericks roster:
C- Nerlens Noel, Salah Mejri, A.J. Hammons
PF- Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Powell
SF- Harrison Barnes, Dorian Finney-Smith
SG- Wesley Matthews, Seth Curry, Nicolas Brussino
PG- Deron Williams, Devin Harris, J.J. Barea, Yogi Ferrell
Noel is still on his rookie contract which is extremely cap friendly. According to Spotrac, Noel makes $4,384,490 this season. He can become a restricted free agent after this season. According to The Vertical, the Mavs plan on offering Noel a contract extension. He is set to make $5,848,910 during the 2017-18 season.
It is a good move for the Mavericks to acquire a young big man. The Sixers were in a bind given their depth at center and Noel’s injuries have caused there to be a small sample size to use when deciding whether to extend Noel.