Top destinations for Jahlil Okafor if 76ers agree to contract buyout
The Philadelphia 76ers declined their crew possibility for large man Jahlil Okafor, which suggests he’ll develop into a free agent on the finish of the 12 months.
Earlier right this moment, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that “he could still be moved this season” because the crew had been actively pursuing potential commerce choices. Okafor reportedly believes the crew has acquired “workable trades” for him. But no deal has been made, as Okafor stays on the roster.
Marc Stein of the New York Times studies Okafor may ask for a buyout from his contract, which might finish his tenure with the crew that chosen him at No. three total simply two seasons in the past.
Okafor is not within the rotation for Philadelphia and can seemingly need to play for a crew providing extra of a task.
USA TODAY’s Jeff Zillgitt studies that Okafor’s agent Bill Duffy has a “great relationship” with crew normal supervisor Bryan Colangelo. But a buyout may nonetheless be within the works to keep away from additional problems between each events.
NBA analyst Zach Harper lately wrote about what a franchise could get if they signal Okafor (through Fanrag Sports):
“A lot of comparisons to Al Jefferson and Okafor have been made since he entered the NBA. Jefferson turned out to be a pretty good player and can even be quite useful in today’s NBA off the bench. Is ‘bench version of 32-year-old Al Jefferson’ going to get anybody excited about Okafor as a prospect? Of course not. Okafor came into training camp roughly 20 pounds lighter than last season. He doesn’t want to get much lighter than he is and will probably put on a bit of weight in the regular season. But that weight loss should lessen the impact his right knee is suffering when he moves.”
This offseason, Okafor misplaced important weight and is reportedly in nice form after exhausting work in the summertime. While expectations might have to be tempered, different groups will seemingly take a shot on him if he’s available on the market.
Okafor is initially from Chicago, and the Bulls have obtainable cap house and taking part in time to supply the 21-year-old large man. Their frontcourt appears to have an excellent match with Lauri Markannen at energy ahead. Okafor would seemingly be the middle of the long run if Robin Lopez leaves through free company when his contract expires.
San Antonio Spurs
Many consider Okafor would thrive “in the right situation” and few (if any) locations within the league can be higher than below head coach Gregg Popovich. If the Spurs took a flier on him, it could possibly be the precise motivation and system he wants to succeed.
According to current studies, the Celtics “are long believed to have liked” Okafor. He would have the opportunity to signal with the crew due to the designated participant exception they acquired after the current harm to Gordon Hayward, who was signed in the course of the offseason.
Semi Ojeleye, who performed with him at Duke, is already on the roster for Boston.
The Cavaliers would have the opportunity to declare Okafor due to the commerce exception they acquired when Kyrie Irving signed with the Celtics. In Cleveland. he would play alongside fellow Chicago-born gamers like Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade.
If he’s not on the Sixers, count on him to discover a appropriate residence. Okafor remains to be simply 21 and whereas he has not carried out in addition to many would have hoped inside the Philadelphia group, it’s simple to think about a crew just like the Nets, Suns or Hawks keen to take a big gamble on a younger large man.
Some different former Duke teammates embody Justise Winslow (Heat), Tyus Jones (Timberwolves) and Quinn Cook (Warriors) – all of whom have established chemistry with him as NCAA nationwide champions.