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Okafor certainly offered a glimpse at why expectations for him are so sky high in his first NBA action on Monday night. He opened up the three-day Utah Jazz Summer League with 20 points on 10 of 22 shooting and nine rebounds in a 74-71 loss to the San Antonio Spurs (see Instant Replay). After a rough first half in which he had just six points and shot just 27 percent, Okafor got his internal engine running smoothly in the second half. He showed flashes of dominance around the basket during key stretches. “I just got more comfortable,” Okafor said. “I haven’t played 5-on-5 since the national championship game. I am just getting adjusted and getting some of the rust out. Just talking to my teammates and figuring it out. It’s a process. I hope I can play better the next game.”
After a while, though, he set up closer to the rim, and there, even tired and moving as if he were underwater, Okafor showed what the Sixers and everyone else around basketball saw from him at Duke and could see coming from him in the NBA: the balletic footwork in the lane, his touch returning, all 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds of him a smooth, synchronous machine. “My goal is to be the best,” Okafor said in an interview after he’d finished. “That’s my thing I want to achieve – the best that I can be, and hopefully that’s the best player in the NBA. I know it’s a long way to get to that point, but that’s what I want to get to.”
Jake Fischer: Ohio State forward Sam Thompson has left the Sixers’ Utah squad to join the Timberwolves in Las Vegas, according to a league source.
Jabari Young: With all the #Sixers big men…maybe Kim Hughes can land on his feet in my hometown Philly. Kim was cool. Bad mistake, paid a price #Blazers
Jordan McRae was asked Friday where he expects to play in the fall. The swingman knows the 76ers could stash him overseas for the second consecutive season. They could also put him on their 15-man NBA roster. “I would say I would be here,” McRae said after the Sixers’ morning minicamp session for the summer league. “Me just being here with the guys in the summer, and the relationships with the coaches and players and stuff, I think it will help me out a lot.”
Jake Fischer: NBA execs are definitely whispering about the Kings’ potential to withdraw from Stauskas-Sixers trade. None truly expect it to happen, tho.
Jahlil Okafor drew praise from one of his new coaches after his first minicamp workout for summer league play. The 76ers’ new cornerstone on Thursday displayed the characteristics of someone destined to be a fan favorite. “He did excellent today,” said Sixers assistant Billy Lange, who will coach the team’s Utah Jazz Summer League squad. “His energy was great. He looks you in the eye. He’s coachable. He’s engaged with his teammates. He asks the right questions. He’s humble. “And he’s exactly what you would want him to be on the first day.”
Alex Kennedy: Thomas Robinson is nearing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to league sources. Trying to find out the terms.: 3 more rumors
Alex Kennedy: Thomas Robinson’s deal with the Brooklyn Nets will be a two-year deal, with a player option for the second year, according to sources.: 3 more rumors
Keith Pompey: #Sixers assistant coach on Jahlil Okafor’s first summer-league practice: “He did excellent today. His energy was great. He looks you in the eye. He’s coachable He’s engaged with his teammates. He asks the right questions. He’s humble. And he’s exactly what you would want him to be on the first day.”
Tom Moore: #NBA source: #Sixers don’t plan on waiving @jtthekid (2 years, $13.2 million) or Carl Landry (2 years, $13.5M). #76ers #Kings
Sean Cunningham: Predictably so, told Jason Thompson is thrilled to be heading home to Philly. His franchise high games played ends at 541 – 405 as starter
Derek Bodner: League source confirms the #sixers get the Kings 2018 1st round pick (at earliest) and right to swap 1st rd pick with Kings in 2016 + 2017.
The Sacramento Kings cleared about $16 million in salary-cap space on Wednesday night, unloading two significant contracts onto the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Kings traded forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson and 2014 No. 8 overall draft pick Nik Stauskas to the 76ers for the rights to overseas players and a future second-round draft pick, sources said. The Kings will send the Sixers a protected future first-round draft pick as part of the deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Zach Lowe: Hearing the Sixers have also acquired the rights to at least one Sacto draft pick in this trade. Digging further.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento is trading Jason Thompson and Carl Landry as part of a salary dump to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Kings are sending Nik Staukas to the 76ers as part of the deal too, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento is clearing the space for a pursuit in free agency, league sources tell Yahoo. Stauskas had been pursued by several teams. 76ers sending the rights of oveseas players to Kings as part of Philly wanted Stauskus and will take on Thompson/Landry salaries.
Jake Pavorsky: Source: Houston Rockets aren’t convinced they’re out on LaMarcus Aldridge, and have talked to Philadelphia about possibly taking on players. No word on how far these talks have gotten, could possibly be exploratory. But Philly and Houston have talked about guys like Terrence Jones. Please do not take this as “ALDRIDGE TO HOUSTON”. I’m just saying, Houston has had discussions with Philly just in case.: 96 more rumors
Alex Kennedy: Just to clarify, Nets expressed interest in Thomas Robinson last night at the start of free agency. Brooklyn likes the 24-year-old big man.: 3 more rumors
It was reported yesterday that Chicago Bulls restricted free agent Jimmy Butler did have an interview set up with several teams, including the Sixers, but canceled, once Chicago offered him a deal of $90 million over five years.