Jahlil Okafor’s time with Philadelphie 76ers’seems to be breaking off, with the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans coming to mind as Jahlil Okafor’s next team. Several trade rumors mention the Bulls and the Pelicans as having reportedly reached out the 76ers regarding for a trade for the backup center, with the latest rumblings, business has picked up quickly.
SN Chicago cited a couple of weeks ago that NBA sources had informed them of the Bulls making calls to the 76ers. The apple of the Bulls’ eye is reportedly the 6-foot-11 center Jahlil Okafor.
Okafor, who is coincidentally a Chicago native, has been on the NBA trading block since late May 2016, according to CBS Sports. The Philadelphia 76ers had been shopping both Jahlil Okafor and power forward Nerlens Noel, looking for the best deal. It seems like the former will be the first to go and the NBA trade rumors are suggesting that the Bulls are one of the teams aggressively engaged.
Jahlil Okafor shaking hands with #Sixers personnel behind the scenes like he’s saying Good-Bye. Traded? I think so!!!
— Garry Cobb (@GarryCobb) February 12, 2017
A recent string of wins, coupled with the prospects of the NBA debut for top overall draft pick Ben Simmons, may have the Sixers quietly in the running for a playoff spot. Starting center Joel Embiid was gaining confidence as his minutes restrictions were slowly diminishing before he suffered a minor injury (courtesy of CSN Philly).
Embiid and Noel have meshed fairly. It all has led to Jahlil Okafor becoming expendable. Now the Chicago Bulls, along with the New Orleans Pelicans, and Portland Trailblazers are looking to strike.
— Hoops Rumors (@HoopsRumors) February 12, 2017
The Philadelphia 76ers sat Okafor for Saturday night’s win against the Miami Heat. According to ESPN‘s Marc Stein, Okafor was benched due to the belief that a deal is near for the center. Sixers’ head coach Brett Brown did not confirm that a trade was imminent. But he did acknowledge that something could take place around the NBA All-Star break.
“As the All-Star break gets closer, possible deals have more of a chance. Although speculation is rampant all throughout stuff, you learn as the deadline gets closer, the reality that something could happen goes to a higher level.”
Jahlil Okafor is as good as gone from the 76ers. The center was seen shaking hands with people from the Sixers’ organization. Twitter has been ablaze regarding what could be taking place. The question now becomes where Okafor’s next destination is?