Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Toronto Raptors, who are reportedly trading Cory Joseph and a 2017 first-round pick for Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The arrival of Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid created a logjam in the Sixers’ frontcourt. In the past months, trade rumors surrounding Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor continued to circulate, but it seems like the Sixers were having a hard time finding the right trade partner.
Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo said that they are not trading their big men just to make a deal. This means that the Sixers want to solve the logjam in their frontcourt while addressing their backcourt problem. There are speculations that the Sixers will be giving up one of their big men if a team will offer a starting guard and a future first-round pick.
“The Sixers have had periodic trade talks this summer involving Noel and Okafor and plan eventually to move one of them, league sources said. Philadelphia doesn’t believe the two players’ talents are complementary.” Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reported.
According to Brian Hoake of Raptors Rapture, the Philadelphia 76ers could engage in a trade deal with the Toronto Raptors. In a suggested trade scenario, the Raptors will be trading Cory Joseph and a 2017 first-round pick for Jahlil Okafor. This trade works on the ESPN trade machine.
Cory Joseph might only be a backup point guard in Toronto, but he could step up when given enough playing time. Adding a future first-round pick will make the offer more attractive for the Sixers. With this trade, the Sixers could solve the problem in their frontcourt while improving their backcourt.
Meanwhile, Jahlil Okafor will undeniably be a big help for the Raptors in battling against the best teams in the Eastern Conference next season. Okafor averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in his rookie season. Playing under Dwane Casey will help Okafor develop into one of the most dominant big men in the league.
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