June 13, 2016, 7:04 am
The Philadelphia 76ers are done with Sam Hinkie’s ‘process’ and are looking to rack up some wins under new General Manager Bryan Colangelo. With four big men set to be on the roster plus Ben Simmons probably on the way, it comes as no surprise that the Sixers are trying to be active on the trade market.
Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the 76ers would rather trade Jahlil Okafor than Nerlens Noel this offseason, which isn’t all that surprising. The Okafor-Noel combo was untenable together and with Joel Embiid and Dario Saric on the way, a minutes logjam was clearly on the horizon. The Sixers will trade whoever nets them the best return, and while that’s likely to be Noel, an Okafor trade is still the desired outcome.
While he’s proven to be a polished scorer, Okafor is still a major liability on defense and has some growing up to do off the court. That’s true for almost all young players, but it does no favors to his trade value. He’s still on a rookie contract and could become a star in the right situation, so teams will surely be floating some offers Colangelo’s way.
Noel is already a terrific defender, racking up steals and blocks with the best of them. He lacks shooting touch and isn’t a great offensive player, but it’s safe to say he’s a more coveted property both in Philadelphia and around the rest of the league.
It’s only the beginning of what’s sure to be an interesting summer for the Sixers.