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.”
February 23, 2017 | 3:41 pm EST Update
Marc Stein: At the finish line, league sources say, New York was prepared to trade Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio straight up. But the Wolves balked.
Cleveland had pegged Bogut as a potential buyout candidate for the Mavericks, and the Sixers are expected to buy him out of his $11 million contract. The Cavs would be interested in signing him as a free agent.
Cleveland is also considering center Larry Sanders, who last played in the NBA in the 2014-15 season and has a suspension for marijuana to his name. Sanders interviewed with the Cavs Wednesday.
Joel Embiid said he wasn’t happy with how the 76ers handled his being sidelined with a bone bruise in his left knee. The center pointed out that the Sixers informed the media he was a day-to-day injury.
“I was told that I was going to kind of miss two or three weeks,” Embiid said. “So I wasn’t happy with the way it was handled. I thought keeping my name out there was going to literally have people think about me all the time instead of saying when I was going to come back.”