On Thursday night Jahlil Okafor returned to the court in a Sixers uniform after missing two straight games due to trade speculation.  While Okafor only played 17 minutes, he tallied Four Points, Four Rebounds and Three Blocks to show he is still a viable commodity to be acquired via trade before next Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline.

Chris Mannix of The Vertical and NBC Sports Radio joined Mike Gill on Thursday with his insight into the Okafor situation:

"I've never seen a situation where a guy's basically 'DNP - Trade Talks', you have guys held out because you have the frame work of a deal in place, not because you're talking to teams across the league about him.  But he's back and who knows how long he's back for; the Sixers, it's pretty clear, they want to move him but they still kind of value him, I don't blame them for this, still kind of value him as a third overall pick.  And if you talk to teams across the league about how they perceive Jahlil Okafor, they see kind of a role player and a rotation player, not somebody that you would say is a 'Franchise Player'.  So I think there's a gap between what the Sixers want and what teams are willing to give up....It's only a matter of time at this point until they find some kind of deal that works for Okafor because keeping him around after the (NBA Trade) Deadline, I just don't know how much sense that makes.  I think there's going to be somebody out there willing to give (Sixers) the draft considerations I think they're looking for to make an Okafor deal."

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