The San Antonio Spurs are looking to sign one more center to fill in the rotation needed in their roster. Rumors are swirling that the Spurs might trade Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson to acquire Jahlil Okafor from the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers are still looking to get into a trade that would unload one of their big man either Okafor or Nerlens Noel. Sports Illustrated editor Matt Dollinger suggested that if the Spurs engaged in a trade at this point, getting Okafor would be a future investment and that is if the Spurs would be willing to give up some assets in return.
The Spurs have recently signed Pau Gasol to man the shaded area as their solution after Tim Duncan announced his retirement and after losing in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes during the free agency season. If they could get Okafor in then they would have a flexible rotation that would also involve LaMarcus Aldridge.
“Philadelphia has way too many big men and it’s time for Jahlil to get a fresh start. I would love for him to go to the San Antonio Spurs. Obviously, there so many big shoes to fill in with Tim Duncan being gone and I feel Okafor has been way too fast for his NBA career, this guy could be a perennial All-Star given the right team and the right situation,” Dollinger said.
He added that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich together with Aldridge can guide him in improving his post-up play. Dollinger stated that Okafor would benefit from the Spurs’ pick-and-role play as the team’s system has been seen rich in discipline and patient teamwork.
It has been noted that the 76ers are looking to get more for a trade that will include Okafor or Noel for that matter. It was reported that the 76ers are closely talking with the Boston Celtics to make a trade happen. But for Dollinger, a trade with the Spurs could prove beneficial for both squads as the 76ers could benefit in having Patty Mills, who has grown to be one of the reliable point guards for the Spurs after Tony Parker and Kyle Anderson.
Investing on Okafor would beneficial for the Spurs in the future. For the 76ers, getting in a trade talk with the Spurs would also answer their problem of the imbalance roster that they have.
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