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Philadelphia 76ers trade Nerlens Noel to Dallas Mavericks

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Alex Butler
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis defends Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel in the 4th quarter at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 18, 2016. The Knicks defeated the 76ers 119-113 in double overtime. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis defends Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel in the 4th quarter at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 18, 2016. The Knicks defeated the 76ers 119-113 in double overtime. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Nerlens Noel, the No. 6 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, is switching squads.

The 6-foot, 11-inch center is heading to the Dallas Mavericks after being traded Thrusday by the Philadelphia 76ers, according to multiple reports. The 76ers are getting Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a first-round draft pick in return for Noel, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Noel, 22, averaged 10.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in two and a half seasons for the 76ers. He averaged 8.9 points and five rebounds in 29 games for the Sixers this season. Noel was a member of the 2014-2015 NBA All-Rookie team. Noel is due $4.3 million this season and has a $5.8 million qualifying offer next season.

The 76ers couldn't find a trade partner for Jahlil Okafor and turned its efforts to dealing Noel.

Bogut, 32, has only played in four games since January 9. He is due $11 million this season and is an unrestricted free agent next season. The seven-footer is averaged 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 26 contests this season. Anderson, 23, is averaging 6.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 51 contests so far this season.

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The 76ers' pick from Dallas is protected 1 to 18 in the June NBA Draft, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

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