NBA Trade Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves trading Kris Dunn for Jahlil Okafor?

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NBA Trade Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves trading Kris Dunn for Jahlil Okafor?

Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Minnesota Timberwolves who are reportedly trading guard Kris Dunn for center Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Philadelphia 76ers are currently undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment in their roster. The Sixers recently acquired Ben Simmons in the recent NBA draft as the No. 1 overall pick. Also, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid decided to play for the team next season.

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The arrival of Saric and Embiid made the spots of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor questionable. Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo said that he was not comfortable having too many centers in their team. Between the two big men, the Philadelphia 76ers will most likely trade Jahlil Okafor than Nerlens Noel.

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Jahlil Okafor has been targeted by several NBA teams, including the Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Recalling in the draft night, the Celtics and the Sixers were reportedly close to a trade deal involving Jahlil Okafor and the third overall pick. However, it seems like the negotiations did not go well.

If the Sixers got the pick, they will surely get Providence point guard Kris Dunn. However, the Minnesota Timberwolves took Dunn as the 5th overall pick. Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer believed that the Sixers and the Timberwolves would be a great trade partner.

There are speculations that the Timberwolves is currently looking for a big man who can work together with Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns’ ability to pass and shoot from 20-plus feet would make Okafor nearly unguardable around the rim. Trading either Kris Dunn or Ricky Rubio together with either Tyus Jones, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng, and Adreian Payne will be enough to close the deal.

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According to ESPN, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said that the team would not be trading Ricky Rubio. The team is currently working to improve Rubio’s shooting and still testing if Kris Dunn can be fitted into the starting role.

“I think the coach wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that’s where we’re going to start out and go and we’ll see how good Kris Dunn is,” Taylor said.

If the Timberwolves is serious in trading for Jahlil Okafor, sacrificing the likes of Kris Dunn or Ricky Rubio should be an option. The Sixers are currently upgrading their backcourt and there is a higher possibility of trading Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel.

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  • This is not serious, I question the sources. I read the title and thought I wouldn’t trade Dunn for Okafor straight up.

    • John

      I guess they did not watch summer league. This is nothing more than wishful thinking by 76er followers. Wolves do not need okafor. Players mentioned for trade except Payne have more value.

      • Cricket

        So a sixers fan wrote the article? And I think you are overvaluing Tyus Jones, Mohammad, and Dieng. I like Dieng but Jones did nothing in the NBA yet, he played well in summer league. And Mohammad is very very inconsistent.

    • IamLAKERSFAN

      Dunn together with future picks or guard is enough. Sixers dont need all those big men in their roster. have to give up at least one

      • Bill Kulokowski

        Okafor for Dunn is a trade that benefits both teams. Okafor, Towns and Wiggins would make for a strong, young front court for the Wolves. The Sixers have too many centers and even though they drafted Simmons, who could probably be a very effective PG on the offensive end, they should still try to get a pass first PG to join the core of the team. This will allow Simmons to play some point and spend time playing off the ball too.

        If this trade happens I’d say Simmons (1-1), Embiid (1-3) Saric (1-12) and Dunn (1-5) would make for the most interesting four rookies on one team in NBA history. Saric would have easily been a top 10 pick in 2014 if he didn’t announce before the draft that he’d be playing two more years of Intl ball before coming to the NBA.

        • IamLAKERSFAN

          Agree.. others just don’t see the benefits… idiots are arguing about the value of both players not how they can be beneficial on both teams

    • Bill Kulokowski

      If Okafor was in the 2016 draft he’d have been picked ahead of Dunn.

      • NJR

        Dragan Bender and Jaylen Brown both went ahead of Dunn this year but i wouldn’t trade Dunn for either of them.

  • Isn’t Okafor’s ceiling a healthy Mozgov? A slow center good offensively in the low post, but no outside shot. Mediocre at best defensively, and a decent rebounder. In the post Golden State NBA Mozgov barely got on the court in the playoffs. Compared to a speedy and tough PG with good vision, elite defense, and an improving outside shot? I don’t see how you trade Dunn for Okafor straight up. Seriously.