Sixers Nearing Jahlil Okafor Trade?

10:56 PM: Okafor has told teammates that he believes he will be traded soon, according to Jake Pavorsky of Liberty Ballers (Twitter link).

10:39 PM: No deal is imminent, according to Jessica Camerato of Comcast Sportsnet (Twitter link), though trade talks are now more advanced than they were with the Bulls and Pelicans.

9:49 PM: The Sixers took on the Heat tonight, but Jahlil Okafor did not suit up and David Aldridge of NBA.com (Twitter link) reports that Philadelphia sat him because trade discussions are gaining momentum. After the game, coach Brett Brown confirmed the report. He told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer (Twitter links) that there were “trade rumors” surrounding Okafor and that’s why he didn’t play. The Sixers have two more games before the All-Star break and Okafor could sit out both of those contests if he’s still on the team, Pompey adds.

Philadelphia is reportedly looking for at least one future first-round pick in exchange for Okafor. Out of the team’s big men, he’s the most likely to be traded, as I wrote in his Trade Candidate piece earlier this week.

New Orleans and Philadelphia recently discussed an Okafor trade. The Pelicans have been active in their attempts to add a center, dangling multiple assets, including their 2018 first-rounder, in talks with other teams. The structure of a potential Okafor-to-New Orleans deal would reportedly have Alexis Ajinca heading to Philadelphia along with the 2018 first-round pick.

Okafor played well this week amongst the constant trade speculation. He averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game during the three contests in which he participated in. He shot 51.7% from the field and added three blocks over that stretch.

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30 thoughts on “Sixers Nearing Jahlil Okafor Trade?

  1. KCelts

    Three way trade: NO gets Jahlil and Brooklyn pick, BOS gets Davis, PHI gets Some Boston picks and Olynyk.

    I know this will never happen in a million years… but a man can dream darn it!! Lol.

    Seriously though, with how far NO and Philly came earlier in the week, one has to think that he’s going there.

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  2. Andrew

    Cavs get
    Jahlil Okafor-C
    T J McConnell -PG
    76ers get
    2021 1st unprotected
    Chris Anderson -C
    DeAndre Liggins -SG
    Jordan McRae -SG
    Cash consideration

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    • Michael N

      im not sure if you were being sarcastic or you just pretty f-ing stupid. Because even Billy King wouldn’t do this trade.

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      • TheZink

        Billy King would make that trade but throw in Simmons, Embid and two future unprotected 1st rounders

        The worst GM in the history of GMs!!

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        • Connorsoxfan

          Add in saric and Billy would ask why you were being so reasonable.

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    • hdtrip

      Jordan McRae couldn’t make the 76ers when they were awful, and they love T.J. McConnell (and they should). That is the dumbest trade I’ve ever heard.

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  3. I just got stupider after reading these comments. N I was dumb to begin wit

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  4. weezlur11

    76ers place way more value on raw young players than other teams. And I’m pretty sure the 76ers are still awful so I think McRae would have a shot at making the team.

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  5. I think that Okafor still has the most value at Draft Day…. but if they get a legit offer this year, i.e. top 10 lottery pick, then go for it.

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    • KCelts

      I actually disagree with you. Compare his stats now to his stats last season; there is a heavy drop off. They still are not terrible stats by any means, but he’s been playing his value down. His minutes are down, his points are down, and worse his rebounding is down. Philly actually may be better off selling now.

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      • Agreed. And while the draft doesn’t have any bigs with Okafor-esque hype, still doesn’t mean a team will trade their top 10 pick for him. I’d rather try to sign Ibaka or offer that pick (as a piece of a larger deal) for Whiteside, Millsap, Lopez, or Derrick Favors (or Davis or Cousins, but they’re unlikely trade candidates). Heck, even submitting an offer sheet for Noel would probably be a better move than giving up a top 10 pick for Okafor. Again, it still stands that Okafor’s ceiling is Al Jefferson. Okafor has a good offensive game, but it’s not an offensive game that really meshes with the current state of the league. Al Jefferson’s prime was during a time when the league was focused on having bigs who the ball could be dumped down to in the post and go to work, and it’s not like teams were lining up to trade for him. Plus, he’s (Okafor) a lumbering type of big who will get exposed on pick and rolls and still can’t play defense. You can only play Okafor in bigger lineups or lineups where the opposing team isn’t matching up an athletic/stretch center against him. He’ll get exposed on defense against a good pick-and-switch/roll team.

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  6. Joeycalexc

    Watching javale McGee start for the warriors last nite should make colangelo call them now. Noel would be perfect there. Problem is GS has no one to trade and draft picks worth nothing

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    • SuperSinker

      Having no one to trade and draft picks worth nothing could be problematic.

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  7. stc115

    Okafor and Rodriguez to the Bulls for McDermott and 2018 1st round , Noel to the Nuggets for Kenneth Faried. Nuggets send Wilson Chandler to the Bulls

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