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Report: Philadelphia 76ers prefer to trade Jahlil Okafor instead of Nerlens Noel

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The Philadelphia 76ers are about to embark on a new era which they hope will have a positive impact on their performances on the court. 

The Sixers have been in a rebuilding phase in the last three years which has seen them accumulate dreadful losing records in each of them. 

They ended the 2015-16 season with the second-worst record in franchise history at 10-72, but the fans in Philly can expect to see better days soon. 

After general manager Sam Hinkie - who presided over the rebuilding phase - resigned in April, the organisation hired Bryan Colangelo who immediately promised to bring a winning culture to the team.  

Having secured the number one overall pick in this year's draft, coupled with the return to fitness of their third pick in 2014 Joel Embiid, the future in the City of Brotherly Love finally looks a little brighter.  

The 76ers are expected to select LSU's Ben Simmons with the top pick and a combination of the talented Australian and Embiid could make the franchise competitive over the coming years.  

The arrival of Simmons, however, is likely to see somebody depart Philly. One of the many criticisms thrown at Hinkie during his tenure was his decision to continually draft big men.  

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Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and Embiid all essentially occupy the same position so it didn't make much sense to continually stack the team's frontcourt.

With 19-year-old Simmons able to play at small or power forward it gives the team another big body and a lack of guards.

According to reports, the Sixers are now ready to ship Noel or Okafor in order to bolster their backcourt, with their preference being the latter of the two.

Per Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Atlantic Division outfit is keen to trade Okafor instead of Noel as they feel he would bring them a better deal.

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Pompey stated: "The Sixers expect to get equal value in return, but it could be hard to do that when every team knows they are looking to unload the big man." 

Despite the team's awful record, Okafor had a good rookie campaign offensively, putting up 17.5 points and shooting 50.8 percent from the field.

The 20-year-old has a solid traditional post-game and a strong ability to finish around the rim and it's quite surprising that the Sixers would want to part with a player they picked third in last year's draft. 

But with Embiid finally overcoming his injury nightmare and Croatian Dario Saric also expected to make the move from Europe this summer, trading Okafor seems like a decision the franchise has to make. 

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The young center has a skillset that will attract a number of teams looking to improve their frontcourt and Philadelphia is ready to listen to offers.

Topics:
Nerlens Noel
Philadelphia Sixers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Joel Embiid
Jahlil Okafor

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