Monday August 25th, 2014

Multiple teams are interested in possibly signing free-agent center Emeka Okafor, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.

Okafor missed the entire 2013-14 season with a herniated disk in his neck.

According to the report, half of the league has expressed interest in Okafor, including the Miami Heat. The Cleveland Cavaliers are also pursing Okafor, who probably won’t sign with any team until the mid point of the season.

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Okafor, 31, was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Phoenix Suns before last season for Marcin Gortat and three other players.  He has averaged 12.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in his 10 NBA seasons, with the Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans and Wizards.

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Said one source: "He'll be in high demand when he's back." 

The Suns were widely expected to then use Okafor's $14.5 million expiring contract in a subsequent deal -- such as trading for Pau Gasol -- but ultimately passed on a follow-up move.

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