Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly interested in Jahlil Okafor if the Philadelphia 76ers decides to trade him.
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the NBA teams with promising young cores but are struggling in the league. Their 10-72 record in the 2015-16 NBA season proved that they should make a huge adjustment if they want to be a more competitive team next season. One of the options that they are exploring is trading their young center Jahlil Okafor.
It is undeniable that Jahlil Okafor has the potential to become a superstar in the NBA. However, the 76ers might not be the team that can unleash his full potential. According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the Philadelphia 76ers are making their moves in order to improve their team’s performance for the next season. They are thinking of the possibility of trading either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor since their combination doesn’t work for the team.
“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.”
Since Jahlil Okafor has the higher market potential, the 76ers might consider him the better trade option than Noel. One of the teams that are showing strong pursuit for the 76ers’ big man is the Boston Celtics. According to John Gonzales of CSNPhilly.com:
“There were rumors that the Celtics wanted him at the trade deadline. Even without additional parts, the third pick might be enough for the Sixers to do a deal.”
Whether the rumors might be true or not, as long as Jahlil Okafor enters the trade market, there will surely be lots of teams that will be willing to make a seductive offer in order to acquire the 76ers’ big man.
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