Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Los Angeles Lakers who are reportedly trading D’Angelo Russell and a second round pick in the 2016 NBA draft for Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Los Angeles Lakers are desperately in need of a starting center since Roy Hibbert will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Though there are lots of dominant centers in the free agency market, the Lakers have no guarantee to acquire any of them. Recalling last year’s free agency, the Lakers end up empty handed after their preferred free agent signed with other teams.
This leads them to explore other options that could give them higher chances of getting what they need. John Wilson of Fansided revealed that the Philadelphia 76ers were intrigued after hearing that D’Angelo Russell is on the trading block. Since Jahlil Okafor is not a good fit for the Sixers, they might consider trading him for Russell.
However, some say that Russell alone cannot close the deal. The Lakers should consider adding a pick in the 2016 NBA draft if they are really serious to acquire Jahlil Okafor. D’Angelo Russell and the second round pick could be the best offer they can give to the Sixers to acquire Okafor.
Jahlil Okafor became the center of controversies after the rumors spread that he and Nerlens Noel did not work well for the Sixers. However, Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo stated that they will not let go Okafor that easily.
It is not a secret that the Sixers badly need a starting point guard while the Lakers need to give a boost to their front court. The Russell-Okafor trade deal will benefit both teams in filling up the position they need to improve.
However, things are still expected to change as the 2016 NBA draft and free agency draw near.