The Philadelphia 76ers will explore trades for big men Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel ahead of the NBA draft next month, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford report.
The Sixers are increasingly likely to deal at least one of the pair, according to the report.
Philadelphia holds the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Okafor, who the 76ers selected with the No. 3 pick in last year’s draft out of Duke, averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds in 53 games last season.
Noel was drafted by New Orleans with the No. 6 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, but the 76ers acquired the rights to Noel in a draft night trade. Noel averaged 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in 67 games last season.
Philadelphia is widely expected to pick LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram with the first pick in the draft, which will take place June 23 in New York.
- Stanley Kay