The Philadelphia 76ers have a big problem. More of a “big-man” problem with a logjam in the Sixer frontcourt. Between young studs; Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, Nerlens Noel and recent first overall pick Ben Simmons, somebody has to go. It seems that Okafor and Noel are going to be the odd-men out and Chicago is interested in bringing Okafor back to his hometown, inquiring about the 21-year-old center.
The following is from CSN Chicago:
“The Bulls have been active with the trade deadline approaching, and they’ve inquired about the availability of Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor, multiple league sources tell CSNChicago.com.”
Okafor has had his fair share of struggles in his two seasons with Philadelphia both on and off the court. In a three-week span in 2015, Okafor was arrested for a bar fight in Boston and then was pulled over for speeding, clocked at 108 miles per hour crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@76ersbuzztap) December 2, 2015
On the court, Okafor had a strong rookie season, averaging 17.5 points per game and was showcasing an ability to dominate the low-block and be a great half-court scorer. This year, things got different with the emergence of Rookie of the Year front-runner Embiid. Saric also decided to finally come play for the Sixers after spending two extra years in Europe and drafting Simmons, who can be a small forward but is most looked at as a point-forward, who will play a lot of minutes at the four.
During January Okafor received four straight DNP-CD and the Sixers won three of the four contest. While all the other forwards and centers have shown versatility both offensively and defensively, Okafor is an old-age center who doesn’t really have the ability to protect to the rim.
Jahlil Okafor’s defense is just absolutely abysmal.
— Philly Nation (@Philly__Nation) January 31, 2017
While Okafor still has a lot of potential, the type that got him drafted third overall in the 2015 draft, it seems his time in Philadelphia is coming to an end. The Bulls have had a ton of drama over the last few weeks and certainly seem like they need a shake-up, with Jimmy Butler also in trade talks, it’s possible the 25-26 Bulls could be looking to gain assets and potentially try to rebuild.