NBA Rumors: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo ‘overvaluing’ Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel

NBA Rumors: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo ‘overvaluing’ Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel

The Philadelphia 76ers have been desperate to trade at least one of their big men this offseason. The arrival of Joel Embiid created a logjam in the Sixers’ frontcourt, forcing them to move either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel.

The Philadelphia 76ers have been involved in various trade rumors this offseason, mostly including their big men Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Despite having lots of offer from other NBA teams, the Sixers are not yet finding the right trade partner to let go one of their big men.

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In the NBA draft night, the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers were reportedly having trade talks involving Jahlil Okafor and the No. 3 overall pick. Aside from Ben Simmons, the Sixers were targeting Providence point guard Kris Dunn in the NBA draft.

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Unfortunately, the traded deal did not proceed, resulting for the Celtics to select Jaylen Brown. There were speculations that the Sixers were asking for more trade assets from the Celtics aside from the third overall pick. However, the Celtics were adamant to give more than what they could offer.

Josh Wilson of The Sixer Sense revealed that the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks were supposed to have a deal involving Jeff Teague and Nerlens Noel. However, the trade never happened for the same reason. Sixers general manager said that they are not trading their big men just to make a deal.

This means that the Sixers are trying to get quality players and future draft pick in exchange for their big men. Are their big men worth that much?

“I’m not trying to say that the Sixers will be forever unable to get a good deal for their big men, but Bryan Colangelo is overvaluing the big men now so that they don’t get cheated on a deal.” Wilson wrote.

Josh Wilson compared the same scenario with the Milwaukee Bucks wherein they are trying to move their veteran center Greg Monroe. Monroe can still be considered a solid center. He averaged 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds last season.

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However, the Bucks are still finding it hard to get a great deal. Monroe’s current statistics is almost comparable to Jahlil Okafor. Instead of overvaluing their big men, the Philadelphia 76ers should find a deal they can use to upgrade their roster.

The Sixers are currently in need to bolster their backcourt. Trading either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel for a quality guard will help them improve their roster and become a more competitive team next season.

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  • DumbAssArticle

    Every trade scenario involving Okafor and Noel has been a joke, Jeff Teague for Noel!!???…thank God that didn’t happen.

    Colangelo is not overvaluing his bigs, because the bigs are extremely valuable, there isn’t another Okafor in the league.

    Noels play compares to that of Rudy Gobert and Bismack Biyombo and your not getting either of them for pennies either.

    • Al

      You’re absolutely right! And comparing Okafor to Monroe, when he just completed his rookie season is also not fair. However, if people want to do that, then I’d say he’s a better player than Monroe at this point, because his numbers are better.

      • DumbAssArticle

        Yea Okafor doesn’t compare at all to Monroe.

        Anyone that watches basketball knows Okafor is already way more valuable than a Greg Monroe.


      Extremely valuable? Too much words to describe them.. knowing the Sixers are still in worst team in the East.. LMAO.. Good thing the Lakers did not pursue the trade for Okafor

      • DumbAssArticle

        Lakers are a JOKE enjoy your snitch PG and your bean pole SG who was embarrassed by Grant when they played btw, have fun with a undersized PF who can’t defend and LMAO Timofey Mozgov at C.

        Lakers are now the early 2000 Raiders lmao.

        • bboy_limping

          Okafor can’t defend and Noel can’t score, Okafor is an old-school center without a position in the new NBA. If they are so good, why did Phily suck so bad? Continue to overvalue all the studs from your 10 win team while the rest of the league moves on from the 80’s an acquire players that fit the current NBA

          • Keb0

            Noel can score. He is great at blocking shots then running the floor and going up n throwing down a lob from Ish Smith/ TJ McConnell/ now Ben Simmons… Both Jahlil and Nerleans will drastically improve now that they have the best passer in the game feeding them the rock

          • Al

            Question? How much worse than the Lakers were the Sixers this past season? Thought they were 1and 2 in the draft respectively. The point you’re trying to make is an invalid one. They are in the same situation as far as I’m concerned. Two young teams with only the past and future to look forward to. NOTHING is happening now!

          • Brent Green

            The sad reality for laker fanatics is that the Sixers future looks a lot brighter with Noel, Embiid, Jah, Simmons, Saric, Grant and all kinds of draft goodies while LA has Ingram as the only one with a chance to be great. Russell’s a self-centered prick that belongs in Hollyweird, Randle has a ceiling of a more athletic Rodman and Grant ended that big euro guys career before it ever started with that dunk. Plus LA will have to pay what they owe soon so there jealousy is understandable. They are a fan base that should be on the troll looking for entertainment since the team wont provide much anytime soon.

          • gosixers

            If you think Okafor is just old school center, you have not watched him very much. He can shoot the short jump shot and has moves off the dribble…I don’t know why the Sixers want to trade him. No guarantee with Embiid.

  • De Fu-Ski

    I didn’t even waste my time reading another poorly thoughtout piece by the equally poor ass Philly sports media. They’re young and dumb and continue to talk about skills not used in so called today’s basketball. As fast as you think of something so stupid a player with a dominant skill will use that skill to win games, playoffs, and championship. The problem is the nba has to many of the same type of idiots running teams. Where teams played to the different strengths of their rosters and winner came in all forms today to often teams play the three point line and lose. Example – OKC played a style that punished the Warriors using their bigs to a 3 to 1 lead in the playoffs but then went away from winning and back to losing firing threes, or allowing KD to throw games to make way for his move to Golden State.

  • Brent Green

    Or other teams are undervaluing our bigs is another, more accurate, assessment of the situation. Both Noel and Jah have put up gaughty numbers for different reasons as first year pro’s. It would be a really nice read if you did an evaluation of the proposed trades to substantiate your claims or even just compared highlights between trade target players, that would make the Sixers so much better,as you claim, and the big to be shipped out. Wait, if you did that your claims wouldn’t make any sense now would they…

  • Keb0

    Sorry but I completely disagree with this article. Colangelo has my respect so far for not pulling the trigger on a bullshit trade offer.. Noel and Okafor are future stars; if a team is not going to offer us equal value, then we are better off keeping them. And if it comes down to them being free agents, then we need to pay them… We need a minimum of equal value, or they need to stay in philly…………

    As a sixer fan, I am slightly leaning towards keeping Nerleans Noel, simply because I’m not sure if Jah truly wants to be a Sixer. And on the other hands, Nerleans is a fan favorite and plays hard in every game and has been dedicated sense day 1 – and he deserves to be with us when we turn things around and start winning

    I’m gonna hate to see Okafor go, but as long as we receive equal value in return (which would be an All-Star/ Future All-star!!) then I am okay with that. A healthy Embiid, with Nerleans our 6th man of the year, and our future all-star we get in return from Okafor = a niqqa with no arms can dig that

  • Fred

    You should stop overvaluing your writing.

    The Sixers aren’t holding a fire sale. Either someone comes correct or they move on.