Will the New York Knicks add another Chicago homeboy to their roster? The straightforward answer is that they just might, Knicks rumors indicate.
It is no secret that the Philadelphia 76ers have a surplus of promising, young big men in their roster. It would be detrimental to the team’s much-need development if they would continue to hoard Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid.
Okafor’s offensive versatility and superstar potential make him the most tradeable asset among the three centers. He is also the type of talent that would help bolster the playoff team currently brewing at Madison Square Garden.
The Ringer noted that Phil Jackson had his eyes set on Okafor even before the 2015 NBA Draft. He still might pursue the 6-foot-11 center and pair him with 7-foot-3 stretch forward Kristaps Porzingis. Okafor will be the squad’s second-string center behind Joakim Noah.
The former Chicago Bulls big man is coming off an injury-laden season. He might not be the defensive force he once was with the Bulls. Okafor would be a worthy successor at the starting center position if Noah won’t be able to bounce back from his injuries.
According to Daily Knicks, small forward Justin Holiday and power forward Kyle O’Quinn would have to be sacrificed in order for the Knicks to get Okafor. Bryan Colangelo, the general manager for the 76ers, might entertain the trade package if the Knicks would throw in an additional future first-round draft pick.
The current consensus around the league is that the Boston Celtics have the best shot at landing Okafor via trade. The Celtics are jam-packed with young talents and future draft picks. Danny Ainge is just waiting for the right moment to pounce on a blockbuster deal, as per CSNNE.
For his part, Colangelo is aware that rival teams intend to poach a big man from the 76ers. It would take an extraordinary trade package for the 76ers to part ways with either Okafor, Noel or Embiid.