The Philadelphia 76ers are going to gauge the trade interests for arguably two of the best players on their roster- Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.
The struggling franchise have the top pick in the 2016 NBA draft. The team can draw Ben Simmons, the top projected pick of the upcoming NBA draft to boost their roster. At the same time, the Sixers will be looking forward to shake things up. There is a preference within the organization to retain Nerlens Noel, since Jahlil Okafor has a much more trade value, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.
“I think that there’s a very high likelihood, that whether it’s to move up in the draft or use them to grab a free agent in a sign and trade or just to a trade, that you will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season,” said Ford. “I think that they’ll gauge the interest of both players. I think that there might be a slight preference for Noel, to keep him around with the Sixers, and I think you might be right, there might be a slight, better value for Okafor out on the market, but I think everyone agrees that that combination of those two players doesn’t necessarily work.”
Now, will the Los Angeles Lakers pursue Jahlil Okafor? The Lakers are eyeing to bolster their front-court this summer, and Okafor is the perfect option at the right price. At this present moment, general manager Mitch Kupchak and company are keeping all the options wide open.
The Sixers’ star will draw interest of another Eastern Conference team- the Boston Celtics.