The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have been talking trade about Sixers big man Jahlil Okafor, but there is one thing the Celtics clearly won’t surrender.
That would be a first-round draft pick, according to a report from the Boston Globe.
The Sixers, of course, took a pass on Okafor’s rookie-scale contract option — meaning he’ll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He would like a contract buyout so he could become a free agent right away, but the Sixers don’t want to lose him for nothing.
Other teams with supposed interest include Milwaukee, Cleveland, San Antonio and Denver.
Okafor is 6-foot-10 and was drafted the third overall pick in 2015. He averaged 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds last season — down from 17.5 and 7.0, respectively, his rookie year.
He has appeared in just one game this season and has fallen out of the Sixers’ rotation.