On the eve of the NBA trade deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers are still weighing its options of whether to join the bandwagon of trading players for the future of its team or to stick with rookie Jhalil Okafor.
Tom Moore of Calkins Media stated that the Sixers are evaluating the interest of other teams on their third overall pick in the last NBA Draft.
“Sixers gauging interest in Okafor around the league,” Moore said in his post.
In his pro career, Okafor plays 30.4 minutes per game this season averaging 17.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game.
While the Sixers are still contemplating on options with Okafor, Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported that the Miami Heat has previously expressed interest on the rookie, but the Philadelphia-Miami talks did not prosper.
“An official who has spoken to the Heat said two players of interest to Miami earlier this season were Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins and Philadelphia’s Jhalil Okafor, but neither obviously went anywhere,” Jackson said in his report.
Despite Okafor’s improvement, Sixers headcoach Brett Brown still wants for their prize rookie to adjust playing with his teammates, especially pairing with Nerlens Noel.
“We’re trying some things with Jahlil, seeing if he can guard the perimeter, four-man type and let Nerlens block shots. It’s not something I regret. That’s our job, we have to see how to pair those two up. We’re trying different things,” Brown said via the Philadelphia Daily.
With all things said and done, calls will be made in the next few hours before the trade deadline and might shake up for some players that might include Okafor.
Okafor also played for team USA in the FIBA Americas U16 in Mexico (2011), FIBA World U17 in Lithuania (2012) and FIBA World U19 in Czech Republic (2013).
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