Marks: Like To See What Embiid Can Do Before Trading Okafor/Noel
Much anticipated news came down Tuesday afternoon that Joel Embiid has been cleared to start light scrimmaging in five-on-five settings according to Yahoo Sports' The Vertical. Embiid, who has yet to play an NBA game since being drafted by the Sixers in 2014, has been saying he is ready and feeling healthy but now it appears the doctors are finally ready to give the go ahead for activity.
But despite this news some think that the Sixers should not look to trade either Noel or Okafor to move back up into the NBA draft lottery. Bobby Marks from Yahoo Sports' The Vertical is a former NBA Front Office Executive was a guest on The Sports Bash on Wednesday and explained that because of Embiid's health is why the Sixers should not trade either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor:
"I’m not sure as far as with the Embiid health going forward, if you give me a full year and everything then I'd likely look towards trying to break up that group but what’s to say if you move a guy like Okafor or Noel and Embiid comes back and has another setback and now you’re working from a weakness instead of a strength. I'd like to see what Embiid can do...But I'm not jumping the gun to try to move one of those (guys) if you can get back into the lottery."
Checkout who Marks would prefer to keep between Okafor and Noel if he were in the Sixers position along with his analysis of Ben Simmons and the process an NBA Front Office goes through heading into Draft Day