The 2016-2017 Trade Deadline is nearing and Jahlil Okafor is still on the roster. GM Bryan Colangelo has yet to pull the trigger on a potential deal that sends last year’s 3rd round pick Jahlil Okafor packing. It was reported that the Sixers had several deals worked out for Okafor but ultimately choose to hang on the big man. Obviously, the Sixers are looking to get draft picks for Okafor. The Sixers are in a position where they can take on a salary just to receive a 1st round pick. That was great when the Sixers were tanking but that is not the current state of the team anymore.
The Sixers have proved the process has payed off. Watching Joel Embiid turn into a stud was worth the wait and seeing role players like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and TJ McConnell playing well is an added benefit. The stock is rising with this franchise and it is time for the Sixers to become buyers not sellers. The team is in need of a guard so why not try to get a highly valued guard for Okafor.
Okafor was last year’s 3rd overall pick and his value should be treated like it. Okafor has shown that he can produce offensively and spread the floor. Defensively he is a liability and that is what scares teams away from Okafor. Knowing that, teams will only want Okafor if they have a proven defender playing next to him. Looking around the NBA these are the trades that Sixers should be looking for:
Sixers Trade Jahlil Okafor to the Phoenix Suns: Sixers get Brandon Knight and 2nd round pick and Phoenix gets Okafor.
Sixers Trade Okafor to the Trail Blazers: Sixers get Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers get PHI 2018 First round Pick, Jahlil Okafor and Sergio Rodriguez.
Sixers trade Okafor to The Lakers: Sixers get Jordan Clarkson and 2nd round Pick for Jahlil Okafor.
With the current state of the Eastern Conference and the rising stock of the team it is time for the Sixers to buy in and start to contend sooner than later.