Jahlil Okafor and the Philadelphia 76ers are expected to part ways in the upcoming offseason. The Sixers could be planning to use the former third overall pick to address their backcourt problem. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Sixers will trade Okafor to the Phoenix Suns for Brandon Knight.
As the result of tanking, the Sixers acquired multiple talented players in the past NBA drafts. However, instead of immediately returning to title contention, they still ended the 2016-17 NBA season as one of the disappointing teams in the league. The arrival of Joel Embiid created a logjam at the Sixers’ frontcourt with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.
Before the February deadline, the Sixers succeeded to move Noel to the Dallas Mavericks. However, there are speculations that they also plan to trade Okafor this summer. Sixers president Bryan Colangelo revealed that they will consider trading Okafor in the right situation.
NBA Rumors: Jahlil Okafor to the Phoenix Suns
As most people think, it will be better for Okafor to be traded to another team where he can receive enough playing time. Staying in Philadelphia will prevent him from unleashing his full potential since Joel Embiid is expected to be the Sixers starting center in the succeeding years. Also, coach Brett Brown sees Richaun Holmes as the better backup center than Okafor.
According to Matt Litzenberg of Fansided’s Valley of the Suns, the Phoenix Suns will be the perfect trade destination for Okafor. The Suns were frequently mentioned in various trade rumors involving Okafor. The Duke product will undeniably be a great fit in Phoenix playing alongside Devin Booker.
As Litzenberg notes, in order to maximize his effectiveness, Okafor needs to be surrounded by shooters, a point guard who can give him the ball, a power four who can shot block making up for his own personal defensive deficiencies, and plenty of playing time. The Suns could give him all those fours provided that they could acquire him this summer.
NBA Rumors: Jahlil Okafor for Brandon Knight
The Suns currently have enough trade assets to make a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. In a suggested trade scenario, they could swap point guard Brandon Knight for Jahlil Okafor. This trade works on the ESPN Trade Machine.
If this trade proceeds, it will definitely help both teams in filling up the needs to improve their roster. Acquiring Okafor will boost the Suns’ frontcourt, giving them an incredible low-post scorer. The Sixers will finally have a starting point guard who’s also a reliable scorer.
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