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.
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.