By Annie Ross
Stop me if you have heard this before:
With Jahlil Okafor’s role further diminishing, the Sixers are trying to find a suitable trade, league sources tell ESPN.
Sixers coach Brett Brown announced yesterday that Okafor is currently out of the rotation and that the second-unit center spot is Amir Johnson’s to lose. The frontcourt of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric leaves Okafor expendable.
Okafor, 21, has a fourth-year option of $6.3 million that the Sixers have to make a decision on by Tuesday. According to league sources, whether they pick it up depends on the trade discussions, but it’s likely that it’s exercised.
Okafor has worked rigorously on his body throughout this process, and is healthy and fit for the first time in years and is poised to thrive with a change of scenery, according to sources.
Okafor has only played in one of the team’s five games this season, in which he registered 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes off the bench. His statistics dipped from his first season to his second due to lack of consistent playing time.
The No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft has been on the trading block since last season.