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The Sixers No.3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid, is still to play a game in the NBA and their No.3 pick from the 2015 NBA Draft, Jahlil Okafor, even with a season-ending injury is coming off one of the best rookie campaigns of the season.
However, the Sixers understand that it’s going to be tough to have both Okafor and Embiid on the floor at the same time and reports suggest that they are prepared to trade away Okafor and keep Embiid if he is healthy. Via Philly.com:
Similar players, Okafor and Embiid are an unlikely pairing. They are both liabilities guarding athletic power forwards and chasing stretch fours on the perimeter. So the belief is that the Sixers may try to move Okafor this summer if Embiid is healthy. If he isn’t, they have to decide between Okafor and Noel.
The Boston Herald had reported that the Sixers had a deal in place to trade Okafor to the Boston Celtics at the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The team denied that report and has always publicly praised the rookie. And it should. He’s been fun to watch on the offensive end.