By Julie Glass
Only nine days till the June 23 NBA draft, and the rumors and magical thinking has already begun.
Including this prospective trade the Sixers will never make, courtesy of ESPN.com:
Sixers send: Jahlil Okafor to New Orleans
Pelicans send: No. 6 pick and Alexis Ajinca to Philly
Why the 76ers do it: They don’t believe Okafor and Nerlens Noel can thrive together on the court. Head coach Brett Brown wants to play fast, which makes Okafor more expendable.
In addition to likely taking Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick, the Sixers would love to add a guard in the draft. Dunn, Jamal Murray or Buddy Hield should still be on the board at No. 6.
Why the Pelicans do it: Pairing Anthony Davis and Okafor gives them a powerful front court. It also allows them to shop Omer Asik for another potential backcourt player.
New Orleans isn’t a perfect fit for Okafor — I’m not sure there is one — but this is the best the Sixers will do if they want to land another top pick.