New Orleans Pelicans interested in Jahlil Okafor

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NBA trade rumors: Sixers 'in talks' to ship Jahlil Okafor to Pelicans
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07 February, 2017

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Sixers are in talks with the New Orleans Hornets about a trade that would send the second-year big man out of Duke to the Western Conference.

For the Pelicans, adding Okafor's low-post scoring ability and pairing him with Anthony Davis is intriguing and would allow Davis to play the power forward position on a full-time basis.

The Philadelphia Sixers have been fielding offers for former #3 overall pick Jahlil Oakfor throughout the month and it looks like they might finally have a trading partner in the New Orleans Pelicans.

The initial reports said that the Sixers were aiming for a first round pick from the Pelicans, and that a protection argument was the hold-up. Philly pushing for NO 1st rounder.

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A Pelican reportedly linked to the deal is center Alexis Ajinca. Even if it's top-five protected, it's still a fantastic deal.

The 28-year-old Ajinca signed a four-year, $20 million deal with New Orleans in the summer of 2015, and is due just over $10 million total in the final two years of his deal.

Another key piece was that the Sixers recently were rumored to be interested in Jrue Holiday as a free agent option this summer. As a result, it was previously speculated that Philadelphia would be forced to trade one of their up-and-coming big men while Noel was initially thought to be the odd man out.

While New Orleans is a franchise mostly bereft of talent, why do the Pelicans want Okafor in the first place?


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