October 13, 2018, 6:01 pmEmeka OkaforC, Philadelphia Sixers
The Sixers have waived Emeka Okafor, Cory Jefferson and Darin Johnson.
Okafor inked a training camp deal with Philly right before camp opened. He did well to make it all the way back to the NBA last season after falling off the map for five seasons and will be on the shortlist of guys that teams check in on when injuries start to thin things out around the league.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 8:39 pmEmeka OkaforC, Philadelphia Sixers
The Philadelphia Sixers have signed Emeka Okafor to a training camp deal one day before the start of camp.
Even if the ancient Okafor manages to stick on the roster, he shouldn’t be anything more than a veteran presence.
September 19, 2018, 2:54 pmEmeka OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have waived Emeka Okafor.
Okafor managed to play 26 games with the Pels last season, his first NBA action since the 2012-13 season. With 1.0 swats a night it's clear that he can still play a niche role in the league, so we'll see if some team would rather roll with a known entity rather than gamble on an upside play to round out their center depth chart.
Source: Will Guillory on Twitter
April 12, 2018, 1:50 pmEmeka OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Emeka Okafor was a DNP-CD in Wednesday's finale, closing out his season with 26 games played.
Not bad for a guy who spent four years out of the NBA. Okafor emerged as an occasional starter for the Pels and was able to post top-250 numbers in his limited action, largely because of 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest on good percentages. While his fantasy impact was situational at best and limited to very deep leagues, it was fun to see him complete a long journey back into the league.
March 24, 2018, 7:51 pmDeAndre LigginsSG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans
DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller will start for the Pelicans on Saturday night.
Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic are out, so this is the new look that Alvin Gentry will try tonight. Emeka Okafor usually starts at center but plays limited minutes so the Pels will cut to the chase and just start Miller at power forward. He's a 3-point streamer while Liggins is irrelevant in fantasy.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
March 24, 2018, 12:19 pmNikola MiroticPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic (right hip flexor) is questionable against the Rockets on Saturday.
Mirotic has been in a super slump over the last couple weeks, shooting 29.8 percent from the field over his last nine games, so maybe a day off won’t hurt him. If he sits, expect Emeka Okafor and Cheick Diallo to both have an increased role.
Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter
March 20, 2018, 10:48 pmEmeka OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Emeka Okafor started against the Mavs on Tuesday and finished with one rebound and one steal in five minutes of work.
Riveting stuff. Okafor’s comeback has been a cool story, at least.
March 16, 2018, 12:37 amEmeka OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Emeka Okafor played just 12 minutes off the Pelicans bench on Thursday and scored six points and grabbed five rebounds.
Okafor is coming off back-to-back games where he’s scored in double figures but this dud is a stern reminder that he’s really just a streaming option for boards and blocks on some nights.
March 14, 2018, 1:08 amEmeka OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Emeka Okafor scored 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds and three steals over 26 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Hornets.
Okafor was probably used for his blocks more than anything so not having any was a bit of a disappointment. It’s hard to trust him on any given night but he’ll be worth a look if you’re desperate for big man stats.
March 10, 2018, 1:26 amCheick DialloPF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
Cheick Diallo received 22 minutes of playing time in Friday’s loss and turned in a productive outing with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while going 7-of-10 from the floor.
He outplayed starter Emeka Okafor, who finished with six points, two rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes. This game puts Diallo on the map if Anthony Davis misses more time, though he’ll probably start racking up the DNP-CDs when The Brow does get back into action. It’s disappointing considering his upside is considerably more bountiful than Okafor’s, but he’s only a short-term option.
March 9, 2018, 7:14 pmAnthony DavisPF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
Nikola Mirotic will get the start for Anthony Davis (ankle) on Friday vs. the Wizards.
Coach Gentry said Davis’ ankle is “O.K.” and is “optimistic” he’ll be available on Sunday vs. the Jazz. Jrue Holiday and Niko Mirotic are looking at big games with no Brow. Emeka Okafor can get some cheap blocks if you’re desperate.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
March 9, 2018, 6:09 pmAnthony DavisPF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis (ankle) will attempt to go through pregame warmups to test his ankle.
He’s still officially listed as doubtful for Friday’s game. For what it’s worth, coach Gentry said Davis probably wouldn’t play tonight against the Wizards. If he can’t go or if the team plays it safe, hopefully he can get out there for Sunday’s game against the Jazz. Emeka Okafor can get some cheap blocks if you’re desperate. Jrue Holiday will also get up a ton of shots if A.D. sits this one out and would be a nice DFS play. We should have an update soon.
Source: Scott Kushner on Twitter
March 8, 2018, 5:40 pmAnthony DavisPF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis’ MRI revealed an ankle sprain and the Pelicans are considering him day-to-day but doubtful for Friday.
This is a big relief for Pelicans fans and Davis owners. There was said to be severe swelling in his ankle after the game, so seeing day-to-day is good news. Davis has been the best player in the league since DeMarcus Cousins went down with an Achilles tear and he had shown no signs of slowing down. Nikola Mirotic should gain the most from Davis being out as he proclaimed himself that his confidence and shot have been on the rise after his mini-slump since joining New Orleans. Emeka Okafor’s role should be stable with Davis out, and even when Davis is back for that matter, and he could push 20 plus minutes per game. Okafor has been able to produce top-140 value in just 16.5 minutes per game so far so if he does get an increase it could go a long way. Cheick Diallo, Darius Miller, Dante Cunningham should also receive minute increases. Jrue Holiday could see a spike in usage rating and will look to continue his fantasy tear as he has been a second round value over the past month.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
March 8, 2018, 1:00 pmEmeka OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans added a non-guaranteed second-year to Emeka Okafor’s contract when they signed him for the rest of this season.
Okafor now has a $2.4M contract with multiple trigger dates for salary guarantees, which will count against the luxury tax next season. The Pelicans clearly liked what they saw from Okafor and so have his fantasy owners. Okafor has returned top-140 value over the last month in only 16.5 minutes per game. With Anthony Davis’s latest injury being one that may cause him to miss time, Okafor may get a few extra minutes. Okafor should be owned right now, especially if you need help in boards and blocks. He is only the second-worst center named Okafor.
Source: Bobby Marks on ESPN
March 8, 2018, 11:38 amAnthony DavisPF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis’ left ankle was “swelling significantly” prior to boarding the team’s flight back from Sacramento on Wednesday night.
Davis tried to stay in the game for a possession but really couldn’t move and had to take an intentional foul to get off the court. He’s set to undergo an MRI later today, so we should have a better idea of his recovery timeframe in a few hours. In the meantime, this pretty much locks Emeka Okafor into a starting lineup on a playoff contender in 2018 while Nikola Mirotic seems likely to slide back in at power forward. Cheick Diallo is going to get a solid boost as the only true big on the bench, while Darius Miller may see extra run in smaller lineups. Jrue Holiday’s usage is about to skyrocket, and he and Mirotic will remain early-round plays. The others are all worth a flier in deep formats.
Source: Jennifer Hale on Twitter