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January 3, 2015 Updates

Okafor, 32, is "healthy," according to one source, but is reluctant to rush back this season. Sources say that numerous teams with a need for additional size and rim protection -- Cleveland, Miami and Dallas among them -- had interest in Okafor if he made himself available via free agency at some point this season as originally expected. ESPN.com

December 27, 2014 Updates

One player who might have been a possibility was former Detroit forward Josh Smith, who was released by the Pistons and signed with Houston this week. Miami could consider current free agents Jermaine O’Neal and Emeka Okafor if they still want to play, and Andrei Kirilenko might become available if he continues refusing to report to Philadelphia. Andray Blatche, 27, would be worth a look, but he currently is playing in China and will not be able to return to the NBA until March. Palm Beach Post

December 19, 2014 Updates

The Mavs are among the teams that have kept tabs on Emeka Okafor, who last played in 2012-13, as he recovered from a herniated disk in his neck. He plans a midseason return, and Stein reported this summer that nearly half the league had registered interest. ESPN.com

September 19, 2014 Updates

Last I heard, a number of teams had reached out to Okafor’s camp to express interest but it sounds like he won’t be available for another few weeks since he’s reportedly still dealing with some neck issues. He could be someone that joins a team after the start of the season. Basketball Insiders

September 1, 2014 Updates

Among free agent centers, the Heat is most intrigued by Emeka Okafor. But ESPN said he might not play until midseason because of a herniated disk. The Heat also has inquired about 6-11 free agent center Andray Blatche, who has a home here. Miami Herald

August 25, 2014 Updates

The list of pursuers for the defensive-minded center, according to NBA front office sources, includes LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers as well as LeBron's old friends in Miami. But I'm likewise told that Okafor is unlikely to sign anywhere until midseason as he continues to recover from his herniated disk. Said one source: "He'll be in high demand when he's back." ESPN.com

August 24, 2014 Updates

Among power rotation players, the Heat has shown interest in Emeka Okafor and has considered Ekpe Udoh. Preliminary inquiries were made on Andray Blatche and Jason Maxiell. Agent David Falk said he talked to the Heat about Elton Brand but that Brand is unlikely to end up here. Miami Herald

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Q: A Yahoo contributor is reporting on a Boozer-to-Suns trade. Just curious, does your gardener have any trade rumors to report? Sam Smith: What complicates the situation is when “respectable” sites publish pretty much it seems without editing fan columns and stories and suggestions that can be easily confused with the reporting work of experienced journalists. Not that those veterans get it right all the time, but they generally have higher standards. I can understand a bit the notion of a Boozer for that Okafor expiring contract, to get something for nothing sort of thing. But everything I have heard about the Suns is they are not looking for any short term help but would do a deal—they save a lot of money on Okafor’s insurance and aren’t being quick to give that up—if they can land a player part of their long term future. NBA.com

February 3, 2014 Updates

As part of the deal, the Lakers would acquire veteran center Emeka Okafor, who has not played this season because of a neck injury. Los Angeles Times

February 2, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that the Suns, among the options being weighed as part of their well-chronicled desire to acquire an established player as they make an unexpected playoff push this season, have been exploring the feasibility of trading for the Lakers' four-time All-Star. One option for the Suns, by virtue of their $5.6 million in available salary-cap space, is swapping the expiring contract of injured big man Emeka Okafor for Gasol, even though Okafor's $14.5 million salary this season falls well shy of Gasol's $19.3 million. ESPN.com

A trade for Okafor's expiring deal would not save the Lakers as much as a deal for Bynum would have, but it would come with undeniable financial benefits. The $4.8 million difference between Gasol's cap number and Okafor's would immediately drop the Lakers less than $3 million away from the league's luxury-tax threshold, meaning one more smaller deal before the Feb. 20 trade deadline could conceivably be enough to take them out of tax territory completely. There would also be salary savings involved because insurance began picking up 80 percent of what remains on Okafor's contract once Phoenix passed this season's 41-game midpoint because of a long-term neck injury that has sidelined the nine-year veteran all season. ESPN.com

January 30, 2014 Updates

The Suns are definitely looking to be buyers at the deadline. Their picks and the Emeka Okafor contract, which they intend to trade, means that they have to be considered when talking about some of the top players who could be moved at the deadline. They have said that they want to land an All-Star talent, but who knows if a player of that caliber will actually be available. Basketball Insiders

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