By Marj Gallagher

The Sixers have been dangling center Jahlil Okafor to several teams, in hopes they can getting a shooting guard in return.

And the New Orleans Pelicans, who are interested in fitting Anthony Davis with another capable frontcourt scorer, are interested.

And the Sixers are said to be interested in acquiring point guard Jrue Holiday in the return package.

The Sixers’ 2009 first-round pick, Holiday was sent to New Orleans in the 2012 deal that landed Noel, a decision that helped create the center traffic jam in the first place. The former All-Star will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but could be recruited to share a backcourt with Ben Simmons.

His marginal movement at the defensive end aside, Okafor maintains some value for his natural ability to score. In his last five starts, he has scored 12, 15, 16, nine and 16 points Monday in a 113-96 loss in Detroit.

Aware of their potential center-spot crisis, the Sixers reportedly shopped Okafor and Noel last offseason, to minimal interest. Bryan Colangelo has boasted that he will not part with any player for less than true value. But if the trade deadline passes and Okafor is still a 76er, the mood in the locker room could sour, further eroding his worth.

Any trade of Okafor would also be a message that the Sixers are comfortable with the long-term health projections of Embiid, who has missed the last six games with a knee injury, never has been in an NBA game without a minutes restriction, and who has played a total of 31 games in three seasons.

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