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To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the Philadelphia 76ers are asking around about Jahlil Okafor, according to Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer.


The third year center is coming off a rough sophomore campaign as he struggled with injuries throughout the season in typical Sixers fashion. Any team that takes the bait will hope he can return to the solid play he exhibited during his rookie season in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7 rebounds over 53 games, including 48 starts. Although not near superb, those 48 starts look a lot better when compared to the measly 33 he mustered during the 2016-17 season.

The Celtics have long been linked to Okafor, and the time is right to buy low if they believe in his talent, as Sixers President Bryan Colangelo has evidently had more than enough of the young center's injury history. It has yet to be seen just how much the Sixers value Okafor in trade talks, but it seems reasonable to think Colangelo would be tempted by a package including a role player and one or two protected firsts.

Okafor is a talented young big, but landing his services at the right price would be essential considering the lingering threat of injury as well as his reputation for a lack of commitment on defense.

Does Okafor's potential outweigh the lasting risk of injury? How much is he worth? Would this be a good finishing touch on one of the wildest offseasons that we've seen?

Give us your take below.


Photo credit: Rick Bowmer, Associated Press
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Brendan Sanders 9/22/2017 06:00:00 PM Edit
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