Philadelphia 76ers reportedly shopping Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel

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The Sam Hinkie era in Philadelphia is now over and the 76ers are making that clear, if a new report is anything to go by.

According to Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN NBA, the Sixers are apparently ready to move on from the process and are doing it in a big way, by shopping two of the high draft picks that their strategy afforded them.

Those two players? Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. 

According to Stein and Ford, "sources told ESPN that the Sixers are determined to gauge the trade market for both Okafor and Noel and are increasingly likely to move at least one of them in conjunction with the draft."

Philly hold the number one pick in the draft for the first time since 1996, when they took Allen Iverson. 

With Ben Simmons being the presumptive first pick in 2016, it makes sense that the 76ers would try and move some of the big men already on their roster to make way for the talented Australian power forward.

Noel was the sixth overall pick of the 2013 draft out of Kentucky. He sat out his rookie year due to a knee injury but returned and has looked strong in the last two seasons. The potentially elite defender averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 52.1 percent from the field last season. 

Okafor is the complete antithesis to Noel, making his mark on the offensive end rather than on defense. The big center was the third overall pick in the 2015 Draft - taken ahead of Kristaps Porzingis - and when not injured or suspended averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds on 50.8 percent shooting, showing himself to be a talented scorer in the post.

The Sixers will likely only move one of their young bigs and it will be interesting to see which one goes and what they can get for him. For Philly fans, this is the first signs of new GM Brian Colangelo proving his reputation as an aggressive move maker. The 76ers have the assets to move, and Colangelo is doing just that in an attempt to ensure they aren't picking in the top five for much longer.

Nerlens Noel
Philadelphia 76ers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
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