Pelicans looking to pair Okafor with Anthony Davis.
The Philadelphia Sixers have been fielding offers for former #3 overall pick Jahlil Oakfor throughout the month and it looks like they might finally have a trading partner in the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Pelicans are reportedly interested in pairing up the 6'11 center with their All-Star big man Anthony Davis, and reports suggest they'll be giving up a future first round pick to get the deal done.
According to USA Today's Sam Amick, the two teams are in "serious trade talks" but the Pelicans reportedly want lottery protection for the first round pick that they'll inevitably part with if a deal is made.
It's worth noting, the Sixers have been in talks with multiple teams regarding Jahlil Okafor, including the Bulls, but the Pelicans seem adamant about bringing in a guy like Okafor before the February 23rd trade deadline.
In his second year in the league, Okafor is averaging 11.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 23.1 minutes in 34 games.
Philadelphia and New Orleans engaging in talks focused on a trade for 76ers center Jahlil Okafor, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 6, 2017
The Pels have long flirted with putting an offensive-minded big man alongside Anthony Davis. They're trying now to seal this deal for Okafor— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 6, 2017
The teams have NOT yet signed off on the trade but the latest talks have NOLA shipping Alexis Ajinca and a future first for Jahlil Okafor.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 6, 2017
Sources: Pels have been pursuing larger deals for center w/ 2 hopes: Trading '18 first-rounder (not '17 w/ loaded draft) and unloading Asik.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 6, 2017