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NBA Trade Rumors: Sixers nearing blockbuster deal of Okafor, Noel with Embiid 100% healthy, Celtics, Timberwolves landing spots?

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Joel Embiid back from injury to play in the pre-season as a Sixer

Joel Embiid is reportedly “100% healthy” at this point of the offseason, which only means one thing for the Philadelphia 76ers, more NBA trade rumors involving their other big men in Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.

Embiid talked about his health and finally playing in the 2016-2017 NBA Season, two years after he was drafted the third overall pick by the Sixers, to Jessica Camerato of Comcast Sportsnet.

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From the tweets, Embiid is positive that he’s finally healthy but that team doctors might still give him restrictions but more as a precaution than actual injury.

Embiid was also asked about his role models in the NBA and stated that the recently retired Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs is one of the players he looks up to.

Embiid also showed off his dunking skills via a video posted on Twitter:

Recent NBA trade rumors have both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor involved in possible deals to teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics, among many others.

The opinion in Philadelphia is that both Noel and Okafor have more trade value because they performed well in the previous seasons. From the other big men in the line-up, Embiid is coming off a major injury, Dario Saric is unproven in the NBA and Ben Simmons is a keeper with superstar potential.

Earlier in the offseason, around draft day, Okafor was linked to the Celtics but Boston decide to keep their third overall pick in Jaylen Brown. Noel is also linked to the Celtics as well as the Timberwolves, who allegedly wants to trade point guard Ricky Rubio.

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Philadelphia’s management has repeatedly said that they want a more “balanced roster” when the season begins later this year, prompting many NBA trade rumors this summer. With Embiid now healthy, a trade by the Sixers is expected to come soon.

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