Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor wasn't traded on Thursday and he'll remain with the team past the deadline. With Myles Turner (who looks very promising) and Thaddeus Young penciled into the starting lineup, IN has given most of its backup big man minutes to Al Jefferson, Lavoy Allen, and Kevin Seraphin so far this season. That potentially frees up frontcourt minutes but Okafor.but not really, since he cannot space the floor at all and thus can't play alongside Embiid or Noel (and thus why he's on the trade block).
Okafor, a native of Chicago, is nearly certain to be traded by Philadelphia, a team that is dealing with a surplus of big men, headlined by Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel, among others.
It makes sense for the Sixers to move on from Okafor now, and if the market for him only features contenders, the Bulls' first-rounder makes the most sense to target in a trade given the possibility it falls into the lottery.
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Johnson notes that forward Nikola Mirotic is available.
The Bulls need to do something, and their smartest option is to trade Butler and rebuild. Since Embiid's debut at the start of the 2016-17 season, Sixers coach Brett Brown has prioritised the former Kansas standout over Okafor. "I've been here. This is all I know as far as the National Basketball Association goes". I just try to focus on what I can. With Ersan Ilyasova traded to Atlanta Wednesday night, perhaps the Sixers could look at Mirotic as a backup four to Dario Saric. But a deal with McDermott or Valentine and the Bulls 2017 first-round pick could be enough for general manager Bryan Colangelo to pull the trigger if he's determined to move Okafor by the deadline.