Jahlil Okafor.

Report: Philadelphia 76ers struggling to get any value for Jahlil Okafor in potential trades

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If there is one thing the Philadelphia 76ers have, it's big men.

In last year's number three pick, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and the yet-to-play but now fully-fit Joel Embiid, the Sixers already have a crowded frontcourt.

They also own the number one overall pick in the upcoming Draft and with the clear top two prospects both forwards, it's been reported that the Philly front office have been exploring moving one of the aforementioned bigs.

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Okafor is thought to be their preference, but, according to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Sixers are learning they might not get much bang for their proverbial buck.

"I think that the Sixers and I both believed that the most valuable asset they had other than the No. 1 pick was [Jahlil] Okafor. I think that now, several weeks of gauging that interest around the league has led them to the conclusion that he might not be as valuable as they once thought.

"I think they went into the process asking the question, 'Would we trade for the No. 3 pick, or the No. 4 pick or the No. 5 pick for a guy like Okafor, would that be good value for us?' And I think they've walked out of that scenario saying, 'We don't think we can actually get that for Okafor right now.'

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"I think that's less an indictment on Okafor than it is a realization that center has become a little bit like a running back in the NFL... Especially the sort of player Okafor is, which is a back to the basket, below the rim, not particularly athletic, not going to stretch the floor, doesn't necessarily play defense big man."

The Sixers undoubtedly have the worst balance of any roster in the NBA, but they do have assets they can move to match their needs. It;s down to the Philly front office to make the right calls this offseason to prevent another catastrophic season like last year where they only won 10 games.

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