Former Virginia wing Justin Anderson has been traded from the Dallas Mavericks, who selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft, to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Philadelphia is sending Nerlens Noel to Dallas for Justin Anderson and a first-round draft pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Andrew Bogut is also part of that deal.
Andrew Bogut and Justin Anderson and conditional first-round pick will be traded from Dallas to Philadelphia for Nerlens Noel, sources say— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
The move to the 76ers, who are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 5.5 games out of a playoff spot, could make for a bit of a fresh start for Anderson. Simba, as he is affectionately known, has averaged 6.5 points in 51 games this season, and was all but certain to surpass his rookie total of 55 appearances. But, he’d only started two games compared to nine last year and was mired deep in the depth chart of a Mavericks lineup that is heavy on guards and wings.
The NBA’s trade deadline is today, February 23, at 3 p.m. Eastern.