The Los Angeles Lakers have undergone a rebuilding process this offseason with the hope of continuing their legacy in the post-Kobe Bryant era. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Lakers are revisiting their interest to acquire Jahlil Okafor from the Philadelphia 76ers.
In the 2015 NBA draft, many were surprised with the Lakers after selecting D’Angelo Russell over Jahlil Okafor. Russell had a rough rookie season while Okafor managed to impress given the statistics he provided. However, in the past months, Okafor’s name continued to be part of various trade rumors.
The arrival of Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons created a logjam in the Sixers’ frontcourt. After having another disappointing season, the Sixers decided to trade either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor. In a suggested trade scenario, reports said that approaching the Lakers will be the best option for the Sixers if they want to move Okafor.
“Maybe this is the best option — to approach the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that passed on Okafor with the No. 2 pick a year ago, and see if there is interest in pairing him with D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram moving forward.”
“Immediately, you exclaim that the Lakers just gave $64 million to Timofey Mozgov, but a couple of teams gave big contracts to big men who may end up being backups or even third bigs in the rotation.” Zach Harper of CBS Sports said.
However, for now, there is a doubt if the Los Angeles Lakers will still be interested in acquiring another big man. The Lakers currently have Timofey Mozgov, Tarik Black, Ivica Zubac at the center while Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., and Yi Jianlian at the power forward.
If the Lakers would be interested with Okafor again, they could send Julius Randle, Lou Williams and a protected first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. According to Zach Harper of CBS Sports, these trade assets will probably be enough for the Sixers to let Jahlil Okafor go.
Another Lakers’ piece that could get the interest of the Sixers is Jordan Clarkson. However, the Filipino-American guard can’t be traded until December since he just signed a new deal with the Lakers in the recent free agency.
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