Report: Boston Celtics ready to pull the trigger on a trade for Jahlil Okafor

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There's little doubt that the Boston Celtics has become one of the most attractive organisations for players around the NBA once again and they are just a few key pieces from becoming serious contenders.

After missing out on Kevin Durant by a guard's wingspan, the Celtics moved for Al Horford to improve their frontcourt. However, with Jared Sullinger moving on to pastures new, their four and five spots could do with another body, depending on where Horford primarily resides.

This is where the offensively talented but defensively lacking Jahlil Okafor comes into play.

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Keith Pompey of reported that a trade for Okafor is still the move "most likely to happen" for the Boston Celtics after a deal didn't wind up happening during the NBA draft.

The 20-year-old was the number three pick in the 2015 draft and tallied an average of 17.5 points and seven boards in his rookie campaign.

Bearing in mind he achieved those numbers playing for a Philadelphia 76ers side that could only win 10 games last term, that's pretty impressive.

However, with new general manager Bryan Colangelo trying to turn the Sixers' fortunes around, making use of their frontcourt logjam makes the most logical sense. Okafor might be the most offensively skilled, but compared to Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel, he is probably the least polished and yet, retains a fair amount of trade value.

Playing in a defensively sound Boston system might bring out the best in the 20-year-old and the Sixers might just get a piece that can help them improve immediately.

This doesn't appear to be a rumour that is willing to go away, and given the amount of sense it makes, we'd advise you watch it closely.

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