Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the New York Knicks, who is reportedly trading Justin Holiday and 2017 first-round pick for Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 2015-16 NBA season did not go well with the New York Knicks after finishing in the 13th spot in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks decided to undergo a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment in their roster. They made their first move in June when they engaged in a trade deal with the Chicago Bulls.
The New York Knicks traded center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant for guard Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and 2017 first round pick of the Chicago Bulls. Following this move, the Knicks acquired Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee in the recent free agency to complete their starters.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers currently have a crowded frontcourt with the arrival of Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo was said to be ‘not comfortable’ having too many centers in their team. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor have been involved in various trade rumors and there is a possibility that either one of them will be traded.
The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in trading for Jahlil Okafor. According to All About Knicks, the Knicks can offer guard Justin Holiday and 2017 first round pick to acquire the Sixers’ big man. The Philadelphia 76ers currently need to boost their backcourt and Justin Holiday could be a good fit.
Also, the Sixers are reportedly trading Jahlil Okafor if they get a future first-round pick. This would be a good move since there are plenty of young and promising players declaring for the NBA draft in the succeeding years.
On the other hand, Jahlil Okafor can be a good backup with Joakim Noah. Okafor averaged 17.5 points and seven rounds. The New York Knicks’ roster will undoubtedly enter the 2017 NBA playoffs. However, the situation will depend on the health of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
Joakim Noah’s injury has been an issue in the Chicago Bulls so having a backup like Jahlil Okafor really makes sense. The Sixers’ crowded frontcourt will not be the best place to develop Okafor’s talent. If the trade deal will succeed, it will surely benefit both teams in filling up the need in their roster.
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