NBA Rumors: Knicks trading Justin Holiday and 2017 first-round pick for Jahlil Okafor

NBA Rumors: Knicks trading Justin Holiday and 2017 first-round pick for Jahlil Okafor

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • McMac

    this would be a steal for NY.

    • Mario

      Not really he had knee surgery so his value is down.

      • david

        Wasnt a serious injury. Sixers will keep him rather than make a bad trade

  • jayofdajungle

    JUSTIN HOLIDAY?!? This shit is comical.

  • icyrebel

    I think the writer of this article is in need of a med increase.

  • ed

    Holiday is just a shooter who plays zero team ball. Worthless.

  • Michael Carmona

    Come on Philadelphia! You can do it. Make the trade! Believe in the Process!

  • jayofdajungle

    Not only is this trade ridiculous, the Knicks can’t trade their 2017 pick (can’t trade 1st round picks in consecutive drafts). Nice try with the bullshit story. Don’t quit your day job Jeykesy Baruelo.

  • shawn

    Fake ass story can’t even get players names right we traded Robin Lopez not Brook Lopez

    • sonofqueensny

      Lol…it says robin…geez

      • The World

        they fixed it lmao

  • wbramh

    The Sixers have likely already nixed better deals with Boston and Stingey Danny Ainge.

    In essence, your deal would have the Sixers receive Justin Holliday who is 2″ taller than brother and ex-Sixer Jrue but has 2 feet less talent plus a likely #20-something first-rounder who would probably be used as an overseas stash or as another throw-in pawn in a bigger trade as Justin was when he went from the Bulls to the Knicks.

    While Okafor absolutely stinks (currently) defensively and is a below average rebounder for his size, he has undeniably superior scoring skills in the post. And let’s not forget that he’s just 20-years-old and has had only one year of college ball and one year of pro ball under his belt. Yet as raw as he was out there ;sat season, Okafor still scored over 17 points per game and at a high percentage. If he becomes an even so-so rebounder and any better at all on defense (and he couldn’t get worse), he’ll be at least a solid 10-year player in the league if not an all star.

    So yes, if you’re New York, jump at that deal, especially since Noah is not going to survive for the season if he’s not rested – and playing Porzingis at 4 would would give both big men more space to maneuver in.

    If you’re a Sixers fan (like me), you’d rather keep the “log jam” at center rather than give Okafor away for nothing (and to a division rival). Keeping Okafor would also buy Colangelo a season to find out exactly what he has between Embiid’s long-awaited league premiere and prayer that his foot is finally healed, the equally long wait to see European wunderkind Dario Saric in action and the great promise swirling around #1 pick Ben Simmons. The Sixers also made three smart FA signings for their backcourt including a phenomenally talented passing PG I in Sergio Rodriguez, a solid shooting point in Jerryd Bayless and and a solid all-around veteran in SG and good defender in Gerald Henderson.

    All of that is not say I wouldn’t trade Okafor because the sneak peeks we’ve seen of Embiid suggest. That he’s going to be a monster if he can stay healthy. And that both Okafor and Noel would be relegated to coming off the bench. In that case, Noel is the better fit with this new and promising young lineup… And the team will probably have two lottery picks next year in a draft deep in great young guards.

    So there’s rush to make a bad deal with Danny or Phil.