With the crowded-big-man Philadelphia Sixers unable to give Joel Embid, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor consistent amount of playing time, there has to be a trade made. Earlier in the season, Nerlens Noel frustrated with playing time, called out the staff which to be assumed the Sixers were going to deal with Noel. Although as games went on, it seemed Jahlil Okafor was the best bet to trade.
Noel and Okafor’s playing time has been inconsistent due to Joel Embid with minor injuries, minute restriction, and rest, while also trying to fit in playing time for Dario Saric and ErsanIlyasova playing extremely well. Both Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are averaging career lows with Okafor averaging 11.5 PPG with 4.7 RPG, and Noel averaging 8.3 PPG and 4.8 RPG. It would be best to trade one of them soon since Ben Simmons is supposed to make his season debut soon.
What do the Pelicans have to offer?
Well obviously, Philadelphia doesn’t need anymore forwards or centers. The deal could involve Jrue Holiday, especially since there has been rumors of him getting traded back to the 76ers where he had his All-Star season. In need of a shooting guard, Buddy Hield could be in talk too, as well as Tyreke Evans. Pelicans have acceptable guards to offer, especially for a team that has guards nobody really heard of.
How will Jahlil Okafor affect the Pelicans?
Well it’s obvious, with the help of Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis can’t do it on his own, assuming that Jrue Holiday isn’t involved in the trade. He would need help around him, and Okafor could be the best fit. Excluding Terrence Jones, the Pelicans aren’t strong at the power forward position. Okafor and Davis could and would be a big threat as a duo to the NBA.
How will the trade affect Philadelphia?
Assuming that Philadelphia gets a guard or even guards, it would be an automatic upgrade at the guard position. Sixers has been hot lately, and a playmaker or a score first guard could very well help the Sixers for a playoff run if really committed due to a very inconsistent eastern conference which we have no idea if there’s a clear separation between other teams, even between the Cleveland Cavaliers (34-15) and Boston Celtics(33-18), first and second seeds with Celtics two games behind. Philadelphia is 18-32 and New Orleans is 19-32.