Fake NBA Trade of the Day 5/24/16: Jahlil Okafor to Boston

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Every day, Pick and Popovich will post one fake trade and explain why it makes sense for every team involved to make it. There are no parameters beyond fitting within the salary cap. Sometimes the trades will involve stars, others role players. They are not grounded in actual rumors, they just make sense on paper. During the 2016 NBA Playoffs, each week will feature seven fake trades of one star player. This is Jahlil Okafor Week. 

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Philadelphia 76ers Receive:                                                  Boston Celtics Receive:

No. 3 Overall Pick                                                                     Jahlil Okafor

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Why Philadelphia would make this trade: This trade essentially gives Philly a do-over on the No. 3 pick. They trade last year’s, Okafor, for the same selection a year later. His value is roughly the same but Philly’s needs have changed enough to make trading him a near necessity. Philly would presumably take their favorite guard in the draft at No. 3 to replace Okafor and balance out their roster as they’re still loaded with size.

Why Boston would make this trade: Boston needs a center and someone who can score efficiently in decent volume. Okafor satisfies both. Boston’s all-around defense is good enough to cover for Okafor’s weakness on that end, and Brad Stevens is a good enough coach to potentially coax some defense value out of him anyway. Boston would be one of the worst rebounding teams in basketball, but would be set everywhere else.

2 thoughts on “Fake NBA Trade of the Day 5/24/16: Jahlil Okafor to Boston”

    1. Embiid has far less value as a trade chip because of his injuries, and he actually would fit fairly well next to Simmons if he’s healthy. He can shoot three’s and he projects as an excellent rim protector, two weaknesses of Simmons’.

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