Ever since the summer began, the New York Knicks has been active in signing players to form a power team. As a result, several trade rumors have surfaced around the club. One of the recent ones involves the big man Jahlil Okafor, who can be joining them before the new season starts.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers bagged their very first championship title, teams have made their move to be a contender next season. The Knicks is among these organizations and they have successfully acquired former MVP Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
However, it seems like they are not done yet as they eye to make their roster even stronger. Reports reveal that their next target is Philadelphia 76ers big man Okafor. The athlete is an incoming sophomore big man and was the first round third pick in the 2015 Draft.
Okafor, during his rookie year, has really proven how he can be effective in the paint. He has an average of 17.5 points and 7 rebounds per outing. This is pretty good actually for a rookie. The big man is being compared to superstar Tim Duncan for his footwork and the ability to work in the low post.
If Okafor would really be traded to the ?New York Knicks, he will be joining Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Melo can now become a full-time small forward, leaving Porzingis and Okafor working on the inside.
However, a trade will not be completed if only one team will give a player to the other. So, for this deal to become successful, first, the money should be at the right amount. The Knicks should have enough salary cap space to accommodate the big man.
Plus, they should also give up some of their athletes. Players like Justin Holiday and Kyle O?Quinn are probably the ones to be traded away. Also, the New York organization might also have to give up a first round draft pick next season to make the Sixers agree to this deal.
Although there are so many things to consider for the Knicks, this Jahlil Okafor trade is clearly on the table. Despite possibly losing young prospects, if they would win a championship, the sacrifice will be all worth it.
Meanwhile, aside from the New York Knicks, there are other teams interested in acquiring the big man. Rumor has it that the Bulls are also going after Okafor. Reports reveal that Chicago is willing to give up Taj Gibson for Okafor. It is in line with the issue going on between Gibson and the organization?s head coach Fred Hoiberg.
If ever Okafor will be moving to the Bulls, he will also form a formidable tandem with Robin Lopez. Plus, he will be playing with the newly acquired Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. Superstar Jimmy Butler will also be there to make their roster a contender come next season.
As of now, there is still no confirmation on these rumors. But, a Jahlil Okafor trade is likely to happen because of the number of big men the Sixers currently have. Where do you think the young athlete will be heading? To the New York Knicks or to the Chicago Bulls? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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