Derek Bodner: #Sixers announce training camp roster, which includes Emeka Okafor filling that 20th roster spot. Because there must always be an Okafor.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has requested waivers on center Emeka Okafor. Okafor, 6-10, 252, appeared in 26 regular season games last season with New Orleans after signing with the team on February 3, 2018 and finished the season with averages of 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
Bobby Marks: The Pelicans have waived veteran Emeka Okafor. The veteran had $0 protection that would have increased to $100K guaranteed if he was on the roster past Sept. 21. The $100K in protection originally had a July trigger date but was amended this summer.
Marc J. Spears: The Pelicans have requested waivers on center Emeka Okafor. Okafor has previously told @TheUndefeated that he wants to continue his NBA career after returning from a lengthy hiatus last season.
Marc Stein: It should come as little surprise that Emeka Okafor, after starting Monday night in Detroit, has earned a second 10-day contract with New Orleans, league sources say.
Scott Kushner: I’m told Emeka Okafor will, in fact, make his NBA return tonight, for the #Pelicans. Nikola Mirotic is also making his Pels debut.
Scott Kushner: Emeka Okafor has a sterling reputation in the NBA. An intellectual, high-character player who is respected by every level of the Pels organization. Props to him for getting back into the league after a long journey.
Shams Charania: Sources: Former No. 2 overall pick Emeka Okafor is finalizing a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Okafor has played for G League Delaware this season, returns to NBA after injuries sidelined him in 2013.
Will Guillory: Emeka Okafor, 35, hasn't played in the NBA since the 2012-13 season. He played in New Orleans from 2009 to 2012. Has career averaged of 12.3 points and 9.9 rebounds
Ian Begley: Emeka Okafor will play for Sixers' G league team with hopes of signing with an NBA team over the next few months, league sources told ESPN.
Keith Pompey: The Sixers informed Kris Humphries, Emeka Okafor and James Blackmon Jr. they would be waived after the game, according to sources.
Keith Pompey: The #Sixers’ waiving of Kris Humphries, Emeka Okafor and James Blackmon Jr. becomes official on Saturday, according to a source.
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced the team’s 20-man training camp roster. The Sixers also agreed to terms with forward Kris Humphries and center Emeka Okafor. See below for the full training camp roster.
Jon Krawczynski: Emeka Okafor has been cleared to return to action, is working out and is determined to return to the NBA, I'm told. Okafor last played in 2012-13 with Washington, but was sidelined by a herniated disc in his neck. But he's been working out and is ready. Emeka Okafor will turn 35 in September, but after working out still feels like he has plenty left in the tank
September 18, 2021 | 2:39 am EDT Update
The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere. Via ESPN 1000 FM: “He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.’”
Is KAT’s trade value at all impacted by missing the playoffs yet again? If a Simmons deal can’t get done, would you think about trading him now, considering the likelihood that you may need to next offseason? — @JWeAnd1 Definitely no interest in trading him now. Towns will have plenty of value for the foreseeable future, barring a big injury. This is a big season. I think there will be more clarity, positive or negative, when 2021-22 concludes. Then the Wolves can make a real decision on how best to move forward. But Towns remains a focal point right now. That’s not changing anytime soon.
Morey will be in a similar position to Thibs in that rival executives will try to back him into a corner and wait for things to get really uncomfortable with Simmons, thereby driving down the asking price. But Morey is much more experienced in front office work than was Thibodeau, a coach to his core who had not yet started his third season as the lead decision-maker. Those around the league believe that if there is any executive able to stomach the circus that is sure to descend upon Philly, to block out the noise that comes with this kind of drama, it’s Morey.
Ben Simmons trade buzz has been one of the offseason’s hottest storylines, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and the 76ers have yet to pull the trigger in a deal involving the 25-year-old three-time All-Star. Will the Aussie wear the 76ers’ red, white and blue to start the season? By a wide margin, our panel’s vote projects Simmons to remain in Philly — at least until the season tips off on Oct. 19. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 45%
Despite the on-paper match, ESPN’s NBA insider Zach Lowe took to his podcast to say there’s a slim chance of that actually happening due to the Clippers’ lack of interest in Russell Westbrook when he was available: “The Clippers were never interested in Russell Westbrook. They were a rumored Russell Westbrook trade in a few places whenever that happened. They were never interested. That was never a real thing. I think they value their optionality too much.” Lowe ultimately concluded, “I just don’t see it,” because, like Westbrook, Wall is over 30 and has a massive contract — $44 million due this season and a player option the following season for over $47 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers earn the top spot for Team Turmoil, as our experts predict which teams will be surrounded by the most drama this season. While the Ben Simmons saga lingers in Philly, the Lakers could share in the dramatics, as head coach Frank Vogel will have to incorporate former MVP Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony along with five former Laker alums. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 61 points (55.0% first-place votes)