NBA Rumors: New York Knicks to trade Courtney Lee, Kyle O’Quinn, and 1st round pick for 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor?

NBA Rumors: New York Knicks to trade Courtney Lee, Kyle O’Quinn, and 1st round pick for 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor?

The New York Knicks are trying to fill in the pieces for their rebuilding for next season. Rumors are swirling that the Knicks will offer Courtney Lee, Kylee O’Quinn, and a first round pick for Philadelphia 76ers’ big man Jahlil Okafor.

When the 76ers signed Dario Saric they have officially log jam their roster as they have four big men on their roster that would include Okafor, Joel Embiid, and Nerlens Noel. 76ers manager Bryan Colangelo has stated that he does not like the unbalance that their team is facing and wants to unclog that unbalance to create more playing time for their potential rim protectors.

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Now, shifting Courtney Lee, who just recently signed a four-year $48 million contract with the Knicks this offseason, might be questionable. But it could also benefit Lee as the 76ers need more wingmen rather than big men to orchestrate their offense. But if the Knicks considers this trade it would also benefit them as they could have Okafor come off the bench and lead their stringers supporting Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis.

It would be deadly to note if Porzingis and Okafor would play side-by-side for the Knicks giving them a strong presence inside the paint. For the 76ers taking in Lee and O’Quinn will add versatility in the flow if their offense. Lee averages 9.6 points, 1.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game while O’Quinn averages 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks reported that Knicks’ president of basketball operations Phil Jackson sees Okafor as an added piece to his triangle offense. For Jackson having Okafor would ease out the void that Porzings does when he opts to shoot a three point.

“Porzingis and Okafor could form a devastating high-low combo; Porzingis’s ability to shoot 3s and protect the rim could cover the two biggest holes in Okafor’s game. The Knicks could ease Okafor into a role behind Joakim Noah, and he would completely dismantle smaller big men on opposing second units,” Tjarks noted.

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Okafor averages 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and with the aggressiveness that the Knicks have shown during the offseason, one would not wonder if they would go for the deal to happen and have Okafor work his way into the rotation of coach Jeff Hornacek. The Knicks have already signed former Bulls’ Noah and Derrick Rose and adding Okafor would strengthen their bench and chances in next season as well.

For the Knicks being aggressive at this point would be worth a shot in getting Okafor as the 76ers want to unclog the jam that they have with virtually a number of big men on their roster. Both teams want to bring in some pieces that would increase their chances going into the next season.

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  • Walk

    Don’t see that happening. I’d like the deal for the Knicks cause they would instantly have a ton of cap next year by dumping Lee and O’Quinn’s deal but then they would need to sign a SG/SF immediately to replace Lee. Also other teams have more to offer, so the Knicks will be outbid by almost everyone else.

  • EightMethods

    Again comment retired and not following this thread anymore so don’t bother writing.

    • Dario12v

      Are you kidding? …the sixers will never go for this it would be a one sided deal in the knicks favor
      Okafor is too valuable for this garbage the knicks have to offer

  • philip

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…. we finally have all our future 1st round picks, and these guys wanna send it back out again??? its unbelievable.. okafor isn’t that good of a player.. no clue how to play defense and he can’t run the floor… just stick with the fucking squad we have now and then tweak it

    • EightMethods

      I retire my comments on this post, I do agree with you guys Okafor is valuable for 76ers, but not for NYK. No need to get angry my man. I should have never posted here anyway because I think this whole article is a big bag of BS.

      • iwantwinners

        I’ve heard it all now. You and Phillip should please stop writing any comments about basketball. I’ve never seen anything so clueless!!! Yeah, what is going to be a consistent 20-10 guy for 10 years isn’t worth the garbage on the Knicks. Please!!!!

  • Spizzwolf

    That article from the Ringer was not “reporting” anything whatsoever. It was tossing out a few hypothetical landing spots for Okafor. How can you possibly misconstrue it to create this pretend trade rumor? Tjarks was just spitballing random ideas in his head. He never pretends to be reporting anything.

    Also, do you proofread these words even one single time before posting them? What are you talking about re: “easing out the void” of KP when he “opts to shoot a three point” – Huh??? What do any of these words even mean? Why am I even on here making a comment?

  • Guest

    Courtney Lee can’t be traded before December because new contracts come with a three month trade restriction. Pls do research before writing crap stories.

  • TBO

    sixers aren’t taking 3 trash players for Okafor LOL

    • iwantwinners

      My thoughts exactly… Kyle O’Quinn mentioned in the same sentence as Okafor… hahahahahahaha

  • loges

    we just signed Lee we can’t trade him yet.

  • iwantwinners

    are you out of your mind??? Why in a million years would the sixers trade Okafor for this garbage???