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76ers looking for ‘suitable trade’ for Jahlil Okafor

The Philadelphia 76ers have been rumored to want to part ways with center Jahlil Okafor for quite some time. The team has explored trade scenarios in the past, but nothing has ever come to fruition.

With the team now moving forward with Joel Embiid as the long-term solution at center, Okafor has become expendable. The situation has gotten even worse for Okafor this week with the Duke product falling out of the rotation entirely, according to 76ers head coach Brett Brown via Matt Bowker of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

After practice Friday, head coach Brett Brown admitted that the former No. 3 pick is “not in the rotation.”

“I’m playing Amir (Johnson) ahead of him and that’s just the situation,” Brown said. “[Okafor] doesn’t let people know. He comes in and his head’s good and his spirit’s good. And he and I talk all the time, but that is the bottom line. He is not in the rotation.”

Embiid and Johnson will now share the load in the frontcourt for the 76ers as Okafor can only sit an away his fate. Philadelphia seemingly intends to trade him when they find the right deal, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

With Jahlil Okafor’s role further diminishing, his representatives and the Philadelphia 76ers are collaborating to find a suitable trade for the young center, league sources tell ESPN.

So it appears it is only a matter of time before the team moves on from what has turned out to be a failed lottery pick. It’ll be interesting to see where Okafor ultimately lands and if what the 76ers get in return for the former Blue Devils star.

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