2017 NBA Trade Deadline Tracker – Philadelphia 76ers

I’m going to use this thread to keep a running track of all rumors leading up to Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.

I’ll try to make this as concise as possible and keep the commentary to a minimum, linking out to other articles if needed. The most recent updates will be at the top.

K.C. Johnson: Bulls unwilling to give up a 1st round pick
February 23rd, 2017 8:41 am

According to K.C. Johnson, the Bulls are unwilling to give up what the Sixers have been asking for, which includes a 1st round pick and a player.

Stein: Okafor prefers Chicago as a destination
February 23rd, 2017 8:28 am

Marc Stein of ESPN reports that Jahlil Okafor prefers Chicago as a destination. Okafor is from the Windy City.

K.C. Johnson: Bulls trying to include Nikola Mirotic in deal with Sixers
February 22nd, 2017 9:50 pm

K.C. Johnson also reports that the Bulls are trying to get the Sixers to take on Nikola Mirotic in a trade.

“Nikola Mirotic, who has been available for weeks, continues to be offered to teams such as the Clippers and 76ers, sources said. The 76ers have been shopping Whitney Young product and 2015 No. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor for weeks but haven’t shown much interest in Mirotic.”

K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune

K.C. Johnson: 76ers have inquired about Jimmy Butler
February 22nd, 2017 9:50 pm

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the 76ers have inquired about All-Star small forward Jimmy Butler. The Bulls, the report says, have little interest in trading him.

“If the Celtics plan to make a major push for either Butler or Pacers star Paul George, they will do so on deadline day. The Bulls have told teams that have inquired about Butler — including, according to a source, the 76ers — that they have no plans to trade him.

Of course, one blockbuster offer could change that stance. And the Celtics are loaded with assets. Most league observers expect the teams to at least have dialogue Thursday after engaging in serious talks centered on Butler last June.”

K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune

Sixers trade Ersan Ilyasova for draft picks
February 22nd, 2017 8:10 pm

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks for Tiago Splitter, Miami’s 2017 2nd round pick, and the right to swap the Warriors 2017 2nd round pick for Atlanta’s 2017 2nd round pick. Details here.

Wojnarowski: Chicago continues push for Jahlil Okafor
February 22nd, 2017 7:42 pm

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Chicago Bulls continue to make a push for Sixers center Jahlil Okafor.

Kennedy: Sixers weighing different trade offers for Okafor
February 22nd, 7:17 pm

According to Alex Kennedy, rival general managers believe the Sixers are just weighing different trade offers and will execute a deal soon. He also lists the Kings as a team interested in Okafor.

“The Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings are among the teams that have been linked to Okafor, according to sources. The belief among executives is that Philadelphia is just weighing the different trade offers at this point and will execute a deal soon.”

Alex Kennedy, HoopsHype.com

Fischer: Sixers approached Pistons about Caldwell-Pope
February 22nd, 4:57 pm

According to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated, the Sixers tried to put together a package, centered around Jahlil Okafor, for Pistons shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Amick: Lakers pursuing Paul George
February 22nd, 2:57 pm

Sam Amick is reporting that the Lakers are trying to trade for Paul George.

(This is included because of the ramifications it would have on the draft pick the Lakers owe the Sixers.

“George will be a free agent in the summer of 2018, and it’s no secret that the 26-year-old Palmdale, Calif. native would love nothing more than to sign with his hometown Lakers if the future is bleak in Indiana. The fact that the Lakers are in the process of trying to land George right now, with new lead executive Magic Johnson moving fast to fill that superstar hole that Kobe Bryant left behind, only makes these next two days all the more compelling.”

Sam Amick, USA Today

Wojnarowski: Pacers fielding offers for Paul George
February 22nd, 1:16 pm

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical, the Pacers are fielding offers for Indiana Pacer star Paul George.

“The Indiana Pacers are gauging the trade market on All-Star forward Paul George, league sources told The Vertical.

The Pacers are working the trade deadline on parallel fronts: Pursuing deals that will bring talent into Indiana to sell George on signing a long-term extension – and soliciting deal offers on George that would signal a rebuild around center Myles Turner, league sources told The Vertical.”

Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports.

Wojnarowski: Pistons could explore offers for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
February 21st, 10:30 pm

On the same trade deadline video, Adrian Wojnarowski said the Pistons could explore trades for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who would become an unrestricted free agent this summer. (Transcription provided by Piston Powered).

(Note: there have been no rumors linking the Sixers to Caldwell-Pope, just speculation that he is somebody they should pursue).

“I do know that Detroit has been open out there to see what might be available for Pope–not because they don’t like him, but because they want to see if there is another pretty good young shooting guard or a guy (up-and-coming) that they could get that would be available to them. They might prefer that over paying Pope such a big number this summer.”

Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical

Wojnarowski: Chicago interested in Okafor, more
February 21st, 10:30 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski was on Facebook live with Bobby Marks and Chris Mannix, where he noted the following:

– The Bulls continue to show consistent interest in Okafor, especially if they decide to move Jimmy Butler.

– The Sixers prefer to trade Okafor, but may revisit Noel if they can’t get what they want.

– The Sixers may be overvaluing Okafor in negotiations, treating him as the 3rd overall pick rather than the level of his current play.

– Mentions Indiana as a possibility as well.

Source: TheVerticalWoj Facebook Live

Aldridge: Okafor will get moved by Thursday
February 21st, 10:05 pm

David Aldridge was on NBA TV where he said that Jahlil Okafor “will get moved by Thursday” and that the Sixers “have a lot of offers to sift through”.

Transcription: CSN Philly

Fischer: Dallas, Boston most-rumored teams for Okafor
February 21st

Jake Fischer of SI.com lists Dallas and Boston as the most-rumored teams in pursuit of Jahlil Okafor.

“The well appears to have dried up on Okafor suitors, but rival executives expect the Sixers to make a move regardless. Dallas and Boston are the most-rumored teams at this juncture.”

Jake Fischer, si.com

Lakers hire Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka to run basketball operations
February 21st

The Lakers have hired Magic Johnson (president of basketball operations) and Rob Pelinka (general manager) to run their basketball operations department, effective immediately. I’m leaving this here because of how it impacts the draft pick which the Lakers owe the Sixers. I talk about it in-depth here.

Lakers trade Lou Williams
February 21st

The Lakers traded Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a 1st round pick. This is included because of how it impacts the draft pick the Lakers owe the Sixers. I wrote about that impact in-depth here.

Shelburne: Pacers interested in Jahlil Okafor
February 21st, 11:51 am

Ramon Shelburne (along with Jeff Goodman and Chris Haynes) report that the Indiana Pacers are interested in Jahlil Okafor.

“Indiana seems to be one of the more active teams right now as they try to get Paul George some help. One name Jeff Goodman, Chris Haynes and I have all heard they’re pursuing: Jahlil Okafor.”

Ramon Shelburne, ESPN

Stein: Boston Celtics pursuing Jahlil Okafor
February 20th

Marc Stein went on ESPN Radio to talk about the trade deadline, and said the Boston Celtics are still interested in Jahlil Okafor. (transcription from Jake Pavorsky of LibertyBallers)

I’ve heard that Boston has still give that some consideration. Chicago is another team that’s said to have shown some Okafor interest. You can rest assured Philly’s gonna spend the next three-plus days trying to find a trade home for Jahlil Okafor. Once the prospect of a trade has gone that far, it’s hard to pretend that didn’t happen, but at this point as we stand Philadelphia doesn’t have an Okafor deal and obviously another team that looked at him seriously — New Orleans — that’s not an option.

Marc Stein, ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins traded to the Pelicans
February 19th

DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, essentially for Buddy Hield and a pick. This is included because of how it impacts the 2019 draft pick (and the 2017 swap rights) the Kings owe the Sixers.

I wrote about that impact in-depth here.

Aldridge: Sixers nearly traded Okafor to Portland
February 18th, 5:30 pm

David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Sixers nearly traded Jahlil Okafor to Portland, which was the reason Okafor was pulled from the lineup on February 11th against the Heat.

Jahlil Okafor rejoins the Sixers in Boston
February 14th, 10:28 pm

After Okafor’s 4 day absence from the team, the second year center has rejoined the team in Boston for their final game before the All-Star Break.

(from John Gonzalez on twitter)

Kennedy: 76ers have talks with Bulls, Pelicans, Blazers, and Nuggets about Okafor
February 12th, 1:10 am

Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype reports that the Sixers have had talks with the Bulls, Pelicans, Blazers, and Nuggets about Jahlil Okafor.

Sixers in talks with New Orleans about Jahlil Okafor
February 6th, 2017 4:56 pm

Multiple outlets report that the Sixers are in negotiations with the New Orleans Pelicans over a deal revolving around Jahlil Okafor. From Sam Amick of USA Today:

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the Pelicans are in serious trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire second-year big man Jahlil Okafor. The Sixers, who are known to have engaged with eight teams regarding Okafor, are pushing for the Pelicans’ first-round pick in the deal.

Sam Amick, USA Today