Report: Bulls Inquiring About Jahlil Okafor
The Bulls have reached out to the Sixers about a possible trade involving Jahlil Okafor, reports Vince Goodwill of Chicago.com. While the Sixers would likely love to move on from Okafor, Goodwill adds there is "more interest on the Bulls' side than the 76ers' side."
Okafor has struggled to regain his scoring touch from his rookie season that saw him average 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. This season, plagued with knee issues, those numbers have dipped to 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in just 23 minutes per game, down from 30.1 last season.
The former No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft has particularly struggled on the defensive end of the floor, and the team has turned to Nerlens Noel has the primary back-up center to starter Joel Embiid.
A team that would take a chance on the Duke product, would be a team that is looking for low-post scoring and has a defensive system that understands Okafor's limitations on the defensive end of the floor, similar to the way the Thunder used Enes Kanter, who had surgery on his fractured right arm after punching a chair.
The one question from the Sixers side of things would be, who would they even target from the Bulls roster, meaning a third team could be needed to complete any trade involving Chicago.
As Michael Kaskey-Blomain pointed out, at this point, a move would benefit both sides.