The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly resting Jahlil Okafor in the remainder of the season. The 21-year old center has missed several games due to recurring soreness in his right knee. Several reports are now spreading that the 76ers are thinking of placing him again on trading block following his latest injury.
The Philadelphia 76ers are clearly out of the contention for a playoff spot this season but the 28-46 win-loss record they have as of now is the best record they have the past three seasons. And as the team is now heading for an early exit, many believed that the team will be on a major rebuild next season and part of the plan is to trade some pieces again on their roster once more.
According to ESPN, with only a few remaining games on their schedule, the Philadelphia 76ers are considering of not playing Jahlil Okafor already and give him time to heal the injury he suffered against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week. Okafor, on the other hand, will accept the decision and understand that the team is just "super cautious" about his situation.
But there is a possibility that the Philadelphia 76ers will once again put Jahlil Okafor on the trading block this offseason as per stated in the report. The 76ers already traded Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before the trade deadline ends last month. It's not far that Okafor will suffer the same fate as he's already been battling injuries the past season making not productive for the team.
Jahlil Okafor is not new in the rumor mills as he was previously linked to numerous trade deals last month. Okafor got the interest of Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers. But the 76ers choose Nerlens Noel to be the first one to go leaving Okafor and Joel Embiid to man the middle.
But with Jahlil Okafor's recurring injuries, it makes him expendable to the Philadelphia 76ers team. Nonetheless, the rumors surrounding Okafor is still speculation as of this time as the 76ers organization has commented anything about it.
Will the Philadelphia 76ers place Jahlil Okafor once again on the trading block following his injury?