The Philadelphia 76ers have a logjam at center with up-and-coming superstar Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes all on the roster. That has left Okafor as the subject of trade rumors.
According to Keith Smith of RealGM, draft-pick compensation is currently delaying the proposed deal:
According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Philadelphia could receive center Alexis Ajinca and a future first-round pick from New Orleans in exchange for Okafor.
Wojnarowski offered more details on the negotiations:
Smith added the Sixers may be interested in acquiring point guard Jrue Holiday and that the deal could be expanded, noting negotiations wouldn't be resolved Monday.
However, USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt noted multiple teams are interested in Okafor and that the 76ers are "not rushing" into a trade at this point.
Okafor, 21, has been buried on Philadelphia's bench this year behind Embiid and Noel. While Okafor generally starts when Embiid doesn't play—which has been a fair amount given that Embiid doesn't play back-to-backs and the Sixers have been overly cautious with him—he rarely sees the court when Embiid and Noel are both in action.
On the season, Okafor is averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game.
So long as Embiid is upright, Okafor doesn't appear to fit long term within the 76ers system. He is best suited playing alongside perimeter defenders and three-point shooters who can limit penetration on defense and space the floor offensively, allowing him the space to work in the post. Okafor is also a below-average defender and rim protector, while both Embiid and Noel are strong defensive presences.
Since Okafor has struggled next to both Embiid and Noel over the past year and a half, the Sixers likely don't have him in their future plans.