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Eastern Notes: Bucks, 76ers, Okafor, Heat

While an Oshkosh wealth management firm is in talks with the Bucks about potentially bringing a D-League team to the city, Milwaukee doesn’t expect to have a D-League franchise in place until at least the fall of 2017, and other midwestern cities are in play, writes Nate Beck of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. The firm, along with local stakeholders, will submit plans to the Bucks by the end of June, and the plan is to fund the project entirely with private money. If Oshkosh is ultimately chosen as the location for the Bucks’ D-League team, it would be the first professional sports team to play in the city since the Wisconsin Flyers, a minor league basketball team, disbanded in 1987.

Here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Appearing on 97.3 ESPN, Chad Ford of (link via Andrew Kulp of suggested that he doesn’t expect to see Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor both return to Philadelphia next season. In Ford’s view, the 76ers will gauge the trade value of both players, perhaps with a slight preference to keep Noel over Okafor.
  • With the possibility of an Okafor trade in mind, John Gonzalez of examines potential destinations for the Sixers big man, concluding that Boston, Phoenix, Denver, and the Lakers would probably be the best fits.
  • In his latest mailbag, Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel explains why he doesn’t see Mike Conley as a great fit for the Heat, and why Mario Chalmers probably isn’t all that likely to return to Miami.
  • The odds of Kevin Durant joining the Celtics in free agency this offseason are long, but New England Patriots defensive lineman Terrance Knighton, who is friends with the Thunder star, says he’ll be “in [Durant’s] ear a lot” once the season ends, trying to encourage him to come to Boston. Mike Petraglia of has the quotes and the details on Knighton’s recruiting efforts.
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10 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Bucks, 76ers, Okafor, Heat

  1. Arthur Hill

    The farther the Thunder go in the playoffs, the harder it is to imagine Durant leaving Oklahoma City. He’ll probably re-sign for one year, or two years with a player option, and save the big decision for next summer when he can really cash in as a 10-year veteran.

    • Bbone34

      Don’t forget he can be a package deal with Westbrook if he waits till 2017.

  2. Don’t see the sixers dealing one of their bigs to the Celtics bc they’ll have to play against him for the next 5-10 years. They would probably rather see one end up in the West out of sight out of mind.

    maybe something outside the box

    Lakers get Boogie
    Sacramento gets Okafor plus Clarkson sign n trade
    Sixers get #2 overall pick.

    then you only have scrubs at pg and sg not pg sg and sf

    • cjelepis

      As a sixers fan, if we were able to pull this coup off, I’d be ecstatic. #whereintheworldishinkie

    • LordBanana

      If Kings are dumb enough to trade Boogie for Okafor + a little, the 76ers should just get Boogie, not another pick.

      • getzy32

        Kings are not going to trade cousins period.

    • basicmo

      With the balance scheduling it doesn’t matter who they trade him to they play everybody same amount of games
      Each team have to play:
      4 games against the other 4 division opponents, [4×4=16 games]
      4 games against 6 (out-of-division) conference opponents, [4×6=24 games]
      3 games against the remaining 4 conference teams, [3×4=12 games]
      2 games against teams in the opposing conference. [2×15=30 games]……(link to

    • Sacramento is absolutely getting robbed in this deal. Okafor plus Clarkson is terrible value for Boogie. Boogie is a top 5 center in the league who can be a dominant two way player (if he put the effort in). Clarkson (while I’m a huge fan of him) is at best a top 15 shooting guard. Okafor should be a dominant post player but it remains to be seen if he can be a rim protector. Sacramento would be giving up the best player (and the asset with the most value) for arguably the 3rd and 4th most valuable assets in this deal (with the #2 pick having more value, in my opinion, than Okafor and Clarkson).

  3. Strauss

    How about Okafor to the Bulls for any player plus a pick but, they have to take Foreman, Paxon, and Hoiberg.

  4. Flintstone01

    Brad Stevens would rather return to Butler than take on Okafor. However, Noel, who is from the Boston suburbs, may attract Danny Ainge’s interest. Phils may have to add another piece, perhaps a future 1st, for the #3 pick though. Noel simply does not have the upside to attract a #3 pick in return by himself.

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