NBA Trade Rumors: Sixers Struggling To Find Good Offer For Jahlil Okafor
The Philadelphia 76ers have been unsuccessful in their pursuit to trade center Jahlil Okafor, according to a league source.Advertisement
The Sixers placed Okafor on the trading block prior to last months’ NBA Draft and subsequently engaged in talks with several teams including the Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans. However, Philadelphia has failed to receive a desirable offer for the former Duke standout.
According to Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times, Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo “tried like hell’ to trade Okafor before the NBA Draft and that hasn’t gone down well with the second-year center, who fired out a series tweets on Sunday night.
Prior to draft night, the Sixers had reportedly demanded the No. 3 pick and several other assets from Celtics for the services of either Okafor or Nerlens Noel. The Celtics turned down the offer and proceeded to draft Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 pick. By picking Brown, the Celtics most likely moved on from Okafor since the Sixers wanted point guard Kris Dunn.
Jahlil Okafor to Celtics still possible?
Kevin O’Connor of CSN New England has speculated that Okafor’s trade value is down and the Sixers don’t have any leverage. “So what about the Sixers? They wanted to draft Kris Dunn, but they were reportedly asking for the No. 3 pick and more for Okafor or Noel, which is outrageous. Grousbeck (Celtics owner) said the price has come down “pretty significantly” on the player they were discussing, so maybe it’s them.”
The Sixers have a loaded front court which includes Joel Embiid, Okafor, Noel, Dario Saric and rookie sensation Ben Simmons, who has bene playing power forward in the ongoing Summer League.
O’Connor also opined that Celtics should take a gamble with Okafor. “Okafor would give them (Celtics) a go-to scoring option as well. He averaged 17.5 points per game as a rookie and is already a dominant low post scorer. When most teams are zigging by going small, the Celtics could zag by adding one of the league’s young, great interior threats.”
Will Jahlil Okafor be a part of the Boston Celtics next season?