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Fred Katz: Emeka Okafor’s deal with the 76ers is a non-guaranteed minimum, per a source.
Kyle Neubeck: ‼️BIG SIXERS NEWS‼️ The team is bringing back Emeka Okafor on a training camp deal
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
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Sources maintain the Cavs don’t have any “untouchables.” However, prized rookie Evan Mobley and rising point guard Darius Garland are closest to that designation. The likelihood of either player being moved is incredibly low. That leaves Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro and future first-rounders to help cajole a Simmons deal.
LaVine is eligible for an extension but he likely won’t sign it. This is solely because the four-year, $105 million extension he is currently eligible for is far below the projected five-year, $207 million maximum contract he can re-sign with the Bulls for next summer. While Chicago could’ve used cap space to renegotiate LaVine’s $19.5 million salary to a maximum salary and extend him for an additional four years, they correctly utilized their flexibility to build the best possible team they can around him.
Even if the Bulls fail to make the playoffs again, he is still a good bet to re-sign with them given how little cap space there is elsewhere. Vucevic is also currently eligible for an extension worth up to three years, $85.5 million. He can only sign it during the offseason.
According to sources, the 76ers would want limited or no protections on those firsts in hopes of flipping them for an All-Star caliber player around the deadline. That, alone, would be incredibly risky for Cleveland — a still-rebuilding team that’s won 60 combined games over the last three years and is only projected to win around 26 this season. Even the addition of Simmons wouldn’t change the 2021-22 forecast that much, as the Cavs wouldn’t have enough short-term floor-spacers or shooters around the limited Simmons. Any deal would mean rejiggering the roster quite a bit.
Because Gupta has been elevated from inside the organization, it is conceivable that the Wolves can move right along and continue their talks with the Sixers without much of a diversion. Gupta and Morey worked together for years in Houston so there is background there, and sources say Gupta was involved in some of the talks with the Sixers earlier this summer before the conflict with Rosas reached its head.
The Raptors acquired Dragic in exchange for Lowry and his status with them has been reported as potentially headed towards a buyout. While Dragic is too talented to simply be waived, the Raptors will be hard-pressed to find a team eager to pay him $19 million this season. He could be headed towards a buyout if he’s still on the roster past thetrade deadline. Alternatively, he could be used as salary ballast as part of a larger deal and then subsequently bought out by his new team.