NBA Trade Rumors: Anthony Davis-Jahlil Okafor to Form New Orleans Pelicans Twin Towers?

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 02/15/17 04:03AM EST
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The trade rumors involving Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor reached their peak a couple of days ago when team management decided not to field him against the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets. But while the trade discussions regarding which team Okafor will end up playing for simmered down between the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans, there is still potential for a deal.

While reports that Okafor is set to re-join the team when then they face the Boston Celtics, prior decisions not to field him produced good results for the Sixers as they are now on a three-game winning streak. Now the game against the Celtics could be tricky - should they lose, Okafor stays; if they win,  and Okafor dons the Sixers jersey for another day.

And should they lose, enter the New Orleans Pelicans.

As reported earlier, the Pelicans management is ready to bring to the trade table 7'2" French center Alexis Ajinca along with their 2018 first round draft pick. The team is actively trying to get Okafor from the Sixers so they can form the next generation of 'NBA Twin Towers' with the sophomore center taking the No. 5 spot and Anthony Davis sliding back at the No. 4 spot.

Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports reported that the Sixers and the Pelicans are in serious talks about bringing Okafor to New Orleans. As Amick suggested, "The New Orleans Pelicans may be on the verge of getting Anthony Davis some more help."

While there are no exact details about the negotiations, two sources privy to the trade talks confirmed that the Sixers are also pushing for the Pelicans' first-round pick to be included in the deal. It was later revealed that the first-round pick package will be for the NBA Class of 2018.

But is the trade worth it for the Pelicans?

As CBS Sports pointed out some thoughts about the Pelicans acquiring Okafor, "Okafor's fit in New Orleans is questionable. Sure, Davis seems like the perfect complement to him to clean up his mistakes on the defensive end, but this is a slow, plodding, post-up center. Coach Alvin Gentry wants to play as fast as possible and spread the floor, and that is just not his style. He'll make the Pelicans worse on defense and worse on the glass unless he drastically improves in those areas, so this gamble comes with plenty of risk."



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