I have spoken to him recently. However, he has always been publically positive, saying the right things. But everyone knows that he wants out. He doesn’t want to be an insurance policy – nor should he want that. He wants to start somewhere.
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Jahlil Okafor’s days as a 76er have been numbered since his rookie season, so it’s not surprising that the Sixers talk openly about their intent to resume trade decisions involving the third-year veteran. “Bryan’s going to do his job,” coach Brett Brown said of team president Bryan Colangelo, who is looking for a trade partner. “I’m going to coach him, and we are going to see what goes on with the rest of the league in relation to whatever else is out there. But I’m coaching him like he’s mine.”
“I am excited to coach him until somebody tells me that I’m not,” Brown said. Okafor will get “every opportunity to earn playing time,” Brown said. Right now, Okafor is competing with Richaun Holmes and free-agent signee Amir Johnson for the backup center position.
With that in mind and coming off of a frustrating second pro campaign, Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, admitted he has thought about the possibility of being in another city. “I have,” Okafor said. “I hear trade rumors and stuff like that. I realize that having a new scenario, you think it might be better than it is right now. But when it comes to the NBA, all I know is wearing a Sixers uniform. … I couldn’t be happier.” Okafor credited his teammates and Brown for helping him get through a difficult 2016-17 season. “Without them, I might have lost my mind,” he said.
“It’s mixed emotions. At the end of the day it’s out of my control,” Harris said of the rumors. “I really don’t stress about it too much because it’s either, I’m gonna stay or I’m gonna leave. So it’s pretty simple. I’m glad I’m still here and I’m looking forward to (next season).”
With that in mind and coming off of a frustrating second pro campaign, Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, admitted he has thought about the possibility of being in another city. “I have,” Okafor said. “I hear trade rumors and stuff like that. I realize that having a new scenario, you think it might be better than it is right now. But when it comes to the NBA, all I know is wearing a Sixers uniform.”
Okafor credited his teammates and Brown for helping him get through a difficult 2016-17 season. “Without them, I might have lost my mind,” he said.
Nets Daily: Woj said 76ers and Celtics talked sign and trade for Amir Johnson with Jahlil Okafor going to Boston. Fell through.
As much as fans in Philadelphia want the former third overall pick Jahlil Okafor moved, there is talk that the 76ers are not as eager to dump him. But there is a sense the 76ers would move Okafor in trade. The question is what does he return?
Derek Bodner: Colangelo, yesterday: “The market for [Jahlil] was much more broad and arguably much more conducive to doing something [than Noel].”
Derek Bodner: Colangelo: “Quite frankly Jahlil’s got the same issue that Nerlens has. He wants to play somewhere, he wants to start at the end of the day I’m hopeful that at some point he can find that.”
Tom Moore: Okafor: ‘I never looked at me being shopped as a negative thing.’
Jessica Camerato: Colangelo on Okafor: “The right deal did not present itself,” teams could be re-interested this summer
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Philadelphia has continued to search for a trade for Jahlil Okafor.
Jake Fischer: Sixers were steadfast in efforts to move Jahlil Okafor yesterday. Still ample time to trade him should what they deem proper value emerge.
Jessica Camerato: Okafor went through the full practice today. #Sixers
KC Johnson: Bulls have shown no inclination to this point of including 1st rd pick, along w/ player, 76ers have been seeking for Okafor. Niko available.
Marc Stein: The Sixers will make the best deal they can find, of course, but word is Jahlil Okafor’s preferred destination on Deadline Day is Chicago.
Rival general managers believe that the Philadelphia 76ers will trade Jahlil Okafor prior to Thursday’s trade deadline. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise since the 76ers’ brass have talked to a ton of teams about Okafor and the center was even benched at one point while Philadelphia’s front office weighed trade offers.
The Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings are among the teams that have been linked to Okafor, according to sources. The belief among executives is that Philadelphia is just weighing the different trade offers at this point and will execute a deal soon.
A league source agreed with an NBA.com report that the Los Angeles Lakers could be a possible destination for Jahlil Okafor. The website also reported that the Sacramento Kings are another possibility. So are the Indiana Pacers, according to ESPN.
The New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls were teams that had expressed some interest. However, sources have said the Bulls and Nuggets are no longer interested. Okafor, however, said the Sixers had discussions with 10 or 11 teams.
In lieu of Butler developments, the Bulls focused on other discussions. Nikola Mirotic, who has been available for weeks, continues to be offered to teams such as the Clippers and 76ers, sources said. The 76ers have been shopping Whitney Young product and 2015 No. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor for weeks but haven’t shown much interest in Mirotic.
Philadelphia has continued discussions on trading center Jahlil Okafor, league sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Chicago has continued to push on a trade for 76ers center Jahlil Okafor, league sources tell @The Vertical. Discussions continue.
Alex Kennedy: Not a big surprise, but rival GMs expect Philadelphia to trade Jahlil Okafor prior to Thursday’s deadline.
Marc Stein: I have heard that Boston have not abandoned all interest in Jahlil Okafor. I certainly don’t think that the priority for them, the priority is getting Jimmy Butler or Paul George, but I still think you got to keep your eyes on the Celtics with Okafor.
Adrian Wojnarowski: If (the 76ers) can’t get a deal for Okafor done before the deadline, I’m told that it’s possible they’ll start – there are still teams still checking on Noel, re-engaging on him. What complicates it for Noel is that he’s a restricted free agent, and teams want to know ‘what is it going to cost to us to re-sign him’. And it’s going to be a big number”.
Chris Mannix: (The Sixers) still value Okafor as a third overall pick. That’s their prerogative, but the teams I’ve talked to do not value him as a third overall pick.
Appearing on NBA TV Tuesday night, NBA.com’s David Aldridge said Okafor “will get moved by Thursday.” Aldridge, who said the Sixers have “a lot of offers to sift through,” mentioned the Pacers and Kings as potential landing spots. Following the DeMarcus Cousins trade, Sacramento is left with Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein, who aren’t offensive bigs. Koufos is averaging 6.1 points in 57 games this season, while Cauley-Stein is scoring 5.8 per game in his second NBA season. “[The Kings] can offer more minutes and more opportunities for [Okafor] now,” Aldridge said.
Jeff Goodman: Pacers and Sixers have had talks about Okafor, sources told ESPN.
Ramona Shelburne: Indiana seems to be one of the more active teams right now as they try to get Paul George some help. One name Jeff Goodman, Chris Haynes and I have all heard they’re pursuing: Jahlil Okafor.
Pacers wing Paul George is the other big name that has often been linked to the Celtics. But a league source said the Pacers still have given no indication that they would consider dealing the All-Star. The 76ers, meanwhile, have been quite transparent about their intentions to trade their second-year big man, Jahlil Okafor, but the source said Okafor is not on the Celtics’ radar.
Tom Moore: Two #NBA sources saying similar things: Nothing brewing with #sixers and Celtics 2 days b4 trade deadline.
“Okafor is kind of still there,” Stein said on ESPN Radio. “He’s been so out there that you tend to think Philadelphia will find something in the next three days where they move him. I’ve heard that Boston has still given that some consideration. Chicago’s another team that’s been said to have shown some Okafor interest.”
“You can rest assured Philly’s going to spend the next three-plus days trying to find a trade home for Jahlil Okafor because once the prospect of a trade has gone that far it’s kind of hard to pretend it didn’t happen,” Stein said. “But at this point, as we stand, Philadelphia doesn’t have an Okafor deal. And obviously another (option in) New Orleans, now that’s not going to happen.”
Ramona Shelburne: Deal for Okafor was very close, per source. But Philly and NOLA could never agree on protections for the picks included.
David Aldridge: The 76ers pulled Jahlil Okafor from their lineup last week b/c a deal w/Portland for the center was close to happening, per league sources.
“There’s a bunch of trade rumors,” Okafor said on Friday. “New Orleans. Chicago. Ten different teams. So, I said it before, I just have to do whatever I can control. The rumors are going to continue to come out. As far as I know, I am still a Sixer and happy to be a Sixer. I am going to keep working hard every day.”
According to a source, part of the issue the Pelicans have had in finding a new center has been the insistence on protecting the pick they send out. That would not be an issue if the Pelicans make the playoffs, a realistic possibility given that they are only 2.5 games out of the eighth seed. But they’re part of a horde of six teams with a chance at that spot.
There could be darkhorse teams involved in the pursuit of Okafor. A source said that the Mavericks had previously inquired about Okafor, and could revisit those talks as the deadline nears.
Embiid would like the team to find a way to make to utilize Okafor as opposed to trading him before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. “We got a lot of talent, and I feel we can use everybody if we want to get to where we want to,” the rookie center said. “Obviously the playoffs are right there even if we don’t get the opportunity to make it this year. I think next year is our goal …
Okafor politely answered questions Friday about possibly teaming up with Anthony Davis for the New Orleans Pelicans and playing for his hometown Chicago Bulls. New Orleans and Chicago are two of the teams the Sixers were in advanced trade talks with recently. The second-year veteran was even asked during his media availability for Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge if he looked around New Orleans since it’s a possible destination.
Chris Mannix: Jahlil Okafor–DNP-Trade Talks the last two games–checks in for Philly. A bizarre situation begins its next chapter.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor on past couple of day. “It was just a weird situation. Like I said, I was just waiting to hear a phone call to say I was going to end up [a certain] city. I just didn’t know what to expect.”
Michael Pina: Brett Brown: trade talks involving Okafor are not off
The Feb. 23 trade deadline is a just over week away, and the Sixers still could find a partner for Okafor if one makes sense for both player and team. On Monday, Brown said Okafor would be embraced by the Sixers if a trade does not transpire. “He’ll come back in and he will be welcomed with open arms with teammates that like him and respect him,” Brown said. “They are friends. He’ll come back into a coaching staff that likes him and respects him because we care for him. He still is ours until somebody tells us he isn’t.”
Jessica Camerato: Confirmed Jahlil Okafor has joined the Sixers in Boston for game vs. Celtics tomorrow. He was not with the team in Charlotte Monday.
Okafor didn’t play for a second consecutive game because the Sixers were engaged in trade talks involving the second-year center. He didn’t make the trip to Charlotte with the team to face the Hornets. “Jahlil Okafor’s situation is transparent,” Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters at the morning shootaround in Charlotte. “He’s in the middle of being discussed in trade scenarios and so I felt that it complicates things to play him. Now this is continuing on and that’s the reason he isn’t here.”
Following Wednesday’s loss to the Spurs, Okafor said “I have no idea” if he’d be a Sixer after Feb. 23. “I’m a Sixer right now,” Okafor said. “I’m going to keep doing what I do, working as hard as I can for this team and this organization. We’ll see what happens.”
Chicago remains interested in acquiring Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor. It’s unclear at this time if exploring the trade market for a first-round pick in exchange for either Lopez or McDermott is related to the Okafor trade talks.
New Orleans also remains in trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire center Jahlil Okafor. USA Today was first to report those trade talks, which included a swap of Okafor for Alexis Ajinca and a 2018 protected first-round pick, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Jessica Camerato: Brett Brown: “Jahlil Okafor’s situation is transparent. He’s in the middle of being discussed in trade scenarios. I felt it complicates things to play him the last game & now clearly this is continuing on. That’s the reason he isn’t here.”
Justin Verrier: Based on what I’ve heard, the Pelicans continue to have interest in Jahlil Okafor but nothing, as of now, is imminent.
76ers center Jahlil Okafor wasn’t on Sunday’s team flight to Charlotte for Monday night’s game against the Hornets at the Spectrum Center, according to sources. The Sixers have been in contact with the New Orleans Pelicans,the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls in regards to Okafor. There was a report that the Portland Trail Blazers were also a possible trade partner.
Tom Moore: #NBA source: #Sixers ‘working on’ trying to get a trade completed.
Cole Schwalm: Whose Okafor getting traded to? – Steve Kyler: Unclear. New Orleans and Chicago had expressed deepest interest, but he’s not be dealt yet.
Steve Kyler: Safe to say you can now take Portland and Denver out of the Jahlil Okafor discussions – with Nurkic/Mason Plumlee trade
It appears that the Denver Nuggets talks with 76ers in regards to possible acquiring Jahlil Okafor have stalled. The trade deadline isn’t until 3 p.m. on Feb. 23. However, a league source said Sunday morning that the teams were no longer having discussions about the center.
The Sixers appear to be getting closer to moving their third overall pick in the 2015 draft. He did not play in Saturday night’s victory over the Miami at Wells Fargo Center. Teams usually don’t play trade targets when a deal is about to happen for fear that player getting injured. A league source said that nothing was imminent, but that talks were progressing. There’s a chance that Okafor will sit out the remaining two games – at Charlotte on Monday and at Boston on Wednesday – prior to the all-star break if need be.
“More information is always available,” coach Brett Brown said of the Okafor trade front following Saturday’s game. “You wake up and something happens. You learn sometimes things don’t happen. So I feel like it’s still fluid. But if you see me not play him, that’s probably going to be the reason.”
Alex Kennedy: Source: Jahlil Okafor was informed that the 76ers have had trade talks with the Bulls, Pelicans, Blazers and Nuggets. Discussions ongoing.
Jessica Camerato: While no deal is imminent for Okafor, talks progressing, more advanced than previous ones with Bulls and Pelicans, according to sources.
Alex Kennedy: Sources confirm that Jahlil Okafor was indeed held out of tonight’s game due to trade talks. Brett Brown discussed the rumors with Okafor.
Jake Pavorsky: Hearing that Jahlil Okafor has told teammates he anticipates being traded soon.
Keith Pompey: A league source said nothing was imminent with Jahlil Okafor, but trade talks are progressing on several front
Tom Moore: A second #NBA source: ‘Nothing imminent, but talks about (Okafor) have been progressing.’ #Sixers
According to Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo, the team is receiving increased interested in both of the big men in recent weeks. “We’ve got three talented bigs,” Colangelo said Thursday on 97.5 The Fanatic. “They all feel that they deserve to be looked at as a potential starter and be paid as a starter. The phones have been ringing. There has been a lot of conversations. There’s been some activity. Quite a bit actually in recent weeks. It’s not something that’s just come up in recent weeks because it’s something we’ve been looking to address since I got here.
76ers coach Brett Brown has much respect for Jahlil Okafor. Brown is especially impressed by the center’s attitude amid the uncertainty that hovers over his 6-foot-11, 265-pound frame. Barring a sudden change of plans, it appears that Okafor’s days as a Sixer could be about to expire.
“He has been a star,” Brown said of Okafor following Monday’s 113-96 setback to the Detroit Pistons. Brown’s level of respect has a lot to do with how well Okafor has handled his situation. Okafor has remained a good teammate and continued to work hard on his game despite the trade talk. And he continues to hold his head high. “We remind him, ‘Go read your resume,’ ” Brown said. ” ‘You go have a look at who you are.’ And he’s got a lot to be proud of on the court.”
The 76ers, according to a source, were not as enamored with the Pelicans offer as maybe it seemed. Sources close to the situation are saying the 76ers wanted guard Jrue Holiday in an Okafor deal instead of the draft pick. Both sides are said to be continuing the dialogue, and now that the talks are out in the open, there will be some urgency to either complete the deal or move on.
Keith Pompey: Jahlil Okafor days in the 76ers are numbered. I’m not 100 percent sure if it’s going to be the New Orleans Pelicans or if it’s going to be the Chicago Bulls. I do know a lot of teams are interested in him.
Okafor, meanwhile, doesn’t appear to be the least bit interested in talking about it. To him, rumors mean nothing. “I’m happy where I’m at right now,” Okafor said. “It’s all rumors right now, until it comes true.”
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