With Trade Imminent, Sixers Sitting Jahlil Okafor
The Sixers held second-year center Jahlil Okafor out of last's night win over the Miami Heat, with head coach Brett Brown confirming that Okafor likely won't play Monday in Charlotte and Wednesday in Boston.
Brown explained his decision to not play Okafor on Saturday night saying: "There were trade rumors that were happening before the game," Brown said. "I was aware of those. In those situations, I felt that it was best to not complicate things and not play Jahlil. We talked about it together before the game and I explained to him that this was going to happen for this reason. That’s why I made the decision."
It finally looks like a deal could be imminent, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype reports, the Bulls, Pelicans, Blazers and Nuggets are all interested in the Okafor.
It has been a tumultuous season for the second-year man from Duke, his 11.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game are sharp decreases from the 17.5 and 7.0 numbers he posted as a rookie. The emergence of Joel Embiid has cut into his minutes, which have dropped from 30.1 pr game down to 22.5, which has been a big reason for the steep drop in production.
However, when given the opportunity to shine, in Embiid's frequent absence, Okafor has failed to impress this season, routinely struggling on the defensive end, giving way to teammate Nerlens Noel