The New Orleans Pelicans are keen to acquire Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor via trade, according a league source.
Okafor, drafted third overall by the Sixers last year, is on the trading block and will likely get dealt this offseason, per several reports. Last month, ESPN’s Mark Stein reported that “Sixers are determined to gauge the trade market for Okafor and are increasingly likely to move him in conjunction with the draft (on June 23).”
Jahlil Okafor + Anthony Davis front court?
Since those reports surfaced, a ton of teams including the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls have been linked strongly with the former Duke standout. If the Pelicans can pull off the trade, they would have gathered a front court featuring Anthony Davis and Okafor.
According to renowned scout Chad Ford, the Pelicans can offer the No. 6 pick and Alexis Ajinca to seal the deal. “Pairing Anthony Davis and Okafor gives them a powerful front court. It also allows them to shop Omer Asik for another potential backcourt player.
“New Orleans isn’t a perfect fit for Okafor — I’m not sure there is one — but I think this is the best the Sixers will do if they want to land another top pick,” Ford wrote in his latest insider article.
Sixers need guards
How can the Sixers benefit from the additions of the No. 6 pick and Asik? “In addition to likely taking Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick, the Sixers would love to add a guard in the draft. At No. 6, at least one of Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray or Buddy Hield should still be on the board,” explains Ford.
The Sixers have a crowded front court with Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor already a part of the squad. With the possible addition of Simmons and Dario Saric (expected to join the team next season), Philadelphia could desperately use a quality guard or two. The No. 6 pick in next week’s draft should enable them to strengthen their backcourt.
Where will Jahlil Okafor end up?