NBA Rumors: Sixers Want Okafor More, Planning to Trade Noel?
The Philadelphia 76ers have seemingly made their choice between big men Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. The two aforementioned players have been the subject of NBA trade rumors since the off-season.
Primarily, the reason of management is that the team has an overabundance of big men in their roster. According to a report by ESPN in May, the other big man Joel Embiid is also in the mix, but are more keen on moving Noel and Okafor.
"Among the options the Sixers have is trying to trade Okafor or Noel for another high pick in the looming draft to address their backcourt needs or building a package around either one in a trade for veteran talent, either in June or in July after free agency starts," an excerpt from the report reads.
A new season has now kicked off, and the Sixers have apparently made their choice on which of the two will likely be placed on the trading block. According to a tweet by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders (via ESPN.com), Okafor is being eyed on to be kept around.
Noel is currently on the sidelines due to injury, and has yet to pencil in a return date. Okafor, meanwhile, has been performing on average, logging in 10.2 points, per game, along with 3.3 rebounds, through 48.4 percent field goal shooting.
As far as performances for the previous season go, it can be argued that Okafor did better. He averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds through 50.8 percent field goal shooting in 2015-2016, which was also his rookie year. Noel, meanwhile, averaged 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds through 52.1 percent field goal shooting last year, which was his sophomore season.
As noted in the ESPN report, the Sixers may strike a good deal for Noel, since he is an incoming restricted free agent. This gives them more reason to deal him, and keep Okafor and Embiid around.
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