NBA rumors state that the Philadelphia 76ers are exploring trades for their big man, Jahlil Okafor, who is reportedly being offered to about 15 teams in recent days and this might include the Los Angeles Lakers, who are looking to shore up their frontline next season.
The Sixers are one of the active teams at this point of their offseason with reports of a deal with the Atlanta Hawks in a trade involving Sixers forward Nerlens Noel and Hawks point guard Jeff Teague.
Philly.com reported the possible Noel-Teague swap and mentioned that Okafor is also “shopping” the big man around the league and get the possible “best deal” for their rookie.
Okafor was one of the top rookies last year averaging 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in the regular season. However, the return of Joel Embiid from injury in the 2016-2017 NBA Season could be one of the reasons why Okafor is on the trading block for the Sixers.
Philadelphia also owns the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and are expected to get a new franchise player in Australian forward Ben Simmons, who stated in recent interviews that he has no problem playing for the Sixers.
Philadelphia has options in exploring Okafor for trades and one of the possible trade partners are the Lakers.
L.A. has lots of assets to trade in their roster and this includes the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. It’s not clear if the Lakers are willing to trade away their second overall pick but they also have other trade pieces in Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and free agent Jordan Clarkson, if he agrees to a sign-and-trade.
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