Philadelphia 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor informed the franchise last week that he wants to be bought out or traded, and according to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks are the most likely destinations for Okafor.
The Sixers and Okafor’s camp have been working together to find a trade which will accommodate both sides. Okafor would prefer to be bought out so he can sign with any team he wants, but Philadelphia’s brass rejected Okafor’s initial buyout request after they were unable to trade him ahead of the deadline on rookie scale options.
“League sources indicate the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks are the most likely destinations for Okafor. But the Sixers are still holding out for at least a Draft pick, and could still opt to keep Okafor either as insurance against further injury to Embiid, or as a potential expiring contract to aggregate as the trade deadline nears.”
Okafor was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Duke and has career averages of 14.7 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters last week Okafor is out of the rotation completely, as Philadelphia has a logjam at the big position with guys like Joel Embiid, Amir Johnson, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons all playing significant minutes.
The 21-year-old Okafor has been linked to the Bulls in the past, as he grew up in Chicago and had a decorated high school career at Whitney M. Young Magnet.
Okafor possesses magnificent post game skills but gives no effort on defense whatsoever. Unlike many of the big men in basketball today, however, Okafor is comfortable with his back to the basket and scoring from the low block.