The twin tower experiment in Philadelphia could reportedly end after just one season. According to ESPN, the Philadelphia 76ers are looking to trade both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor:
The Philadelphia 76ers will explore trading Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel in the buildup to the NBA draft on June 23, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN that the Sixers are determined to gauge the trade market for both Okafor and Noel and are increasingly likely to move at least one of them in conjunction with the draft, in which Philadelphia holds the No. 1 overall selection for the first time since selecting Allen Iverson in 1996.
In recent weeks, rival executives have been forecasting Philadelphia to be one of the most active teams this offseason in terms of pursuing trades, with new personnel boss Bryan Colangelo known to be aggressive and openly determined to speed Philadelphia’s return to playoff contention.
Noel and Okafor are both high-value players — young and still haven’t reached their full potential — so the Sixers can surely land back some significant assets and quality players if they are able to trade either one of both of the big men.
This is definitely a dramatic change from “The Process” that the Sixers had embraced when Sam Hinkie was the team’s GM. Hinkie wanted to build the team up from the draft, building the roster so the Sixers would always be in great position to get a high pick. This strategy would’ve taken several years to come to full fruition, and yet now under new GM Brian Colangelo, the Sixers seem motivated to make the postseason sooner rather than at some undetermined time in the future. Times are changing in Philadelphia.
Courtesy CBS Sports