Emeka Okafor, the former No. 2 overall pick who has been out of the NBA for three seasons, has decided to attempt a comeback with an eye toward joining a “contending team” in December or January. Okafor’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, confirmed that Okafor, who last played for the Washington Wizards in 2012-13 before suffering a herniated disc in his neck, is in the gym training and working on his conditioning. “He’s probably five or six months away,” Schwartz said. “He’s been working hard rehabbing. For some guys that means one thing. To Emeka, who understands his body as well or better than some trainers that have worked with him, it means something else. He’s healthy. He feels great, but he’s a perfectionist, and he wants everything to be right.”
October 1, 2016 | 7:03 am EDT Update
With the deadline to sign a qualifying offer approaching, restricted free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas and the Houston Rockets have exchanged contract proposals but remain far apart on an agreement, multiple sources told ESPN. Motiejunas is seeking a larger financial deal from the Rockets, but the two sides haven’t had serious contract discussions in a month, the sources said.
Gibson is a rare player whose production and attitude never seem affected by whether he starts or comes off the bench. Last season, he ended up taking the starting power forward spot from Nikola Mirotic, rallying from ankle surgery in June 2015 to average 8.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Seemingly every season, he averages zero complaints. “He’s one of those guys that does everything that you ask of him,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s in great spirits. He’s a positive force.”