Trades within the top-five are quite rare. However, this one just makes way too much sense for the Sixers. If Ben Simmons is the pick, it’s hard to see how it benefits the Sixers to keep Okafor around due to what seems to be a rather precarious fit.
However, if Okafor was in this draft, he’d be the clear No. 3 overall prospect. So here’s where a trade makes sense. The Sixers move Okafor to pick up the No. 3 pick to the Celtics. Philly selects a slightly worse prospect in point guard Kris Dunn (above), but get a better roster fit and get an extra year of control and an extra year on his rookie deal.
In Okafor, the Celtics help out a center position that was clearly lacking this season, as Jared Sullinger started playoff games for the team. They also get a better prospect than anyone else available to them. The value here would seem to fit.