The trade market for centers heading into the trade deadline isn’t good — there’s a glut of them on the market. If a team wanted a guy to play the five, they could acquire Brook Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Greg Monroe, and some others who are available. Also, the low price the Pelicans paid for DeMarcus Cousins — the best center in the game — has driven down the price. Which is why the Sixers have had little success moving Jahlil Okafor. They came close with Portland, but the Blazers instead traded Mason Plumlee and a 2018 second round pick to the Denver Nuggets for Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first round pick. With Portland off the table, the market seems barren for Okafor. So the Sixers may think about
In an interview on NBATV Tuesday night, NBA.com reporter David Aldridge asserted that Sixers center Jahlil Okafor “will be moved” before Thursday’s trade deadline. “He will get moved, I can tell you that,” Aldridge said on NBATV’s Game Time Tuesday night. “They’re not going to go into next season with him on the roster and they’re not going to finish out this season with him on the roster.” Aldridge referenced the newly-Magical Los Angeles Lakers as a team that has been interested in Okafor previously and may still be interested, and also said other teams may emerge as possible landing spots, including the Sacramento Kings. “I’m not ruling out other teams like Sacramento, maybe, as well, who
Paul George and Jimmy Butler might be the two biggest names bandied about in trade rumors ahead of Thursday’s deadline. Add in comparatively smaller deals like the ones completed by the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets, and Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers, and we’ve already seen quite a bit of action ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. The topic for this week’s Four Corners roundtable: What one move would you most like to see happen by the trade deadline?