The Philadelphia 76ers have been active during the NBA trade deadline, making headline after headline.
Their name first surfaced last night around 7:30pm as the organization agreed to trade forward Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks in exchanged for center Tiago Splitter and multiple second-round picks. Ilyasova will be a free agent at season’s end.
Earlier today, a second trade was conducted sending fan-favorite Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for long-time veteran Andrew Bogut, and forward/guard Justin Anderson, along with a conditional top-18 protected pick in the 2017 draft.
According to league sources, the Sixers are expected to try and find a suitor for Bogut. However, if unobtainable by the 3pm deadline, it seems likely Bogut and Sixers will settle a buyout clause to allow him to become a free agent. It is likely, although unknown if Splitter and/or Anderson will be waived as well.
As far as players still on the roster, Philadelphia released medical updates on center Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid, who is still dealing with a slight tear of the meniscus, will eye a return to the court on March 3rd against the New York Knicks. Simmons is expected to receive his CT foot scan this afternoon as scheduled. There is still no timetable for a debut.
All has been quiet on the Okafor front. However, he could be part of a deal to Chicago as The Chicago Tribune reports the Sixers have reached out to Bulls regarding Jimmy Butler. Although unlikely with just under an hour remaining, it is evident Philadelphia did not want to pay Noel a max contract, and could be looking to turn their assets into a bonified all-star caliber player in the near future.
More to come.