Full Circle: The Delaware Blue Coats have acquired the player rights to Jahlil Okafor
Last night, it was announced that former Sixers third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft Jahlil Okafor was acquired by the Delaware Blue Coats.
Jahlil Okafor joins the Delaware Blue Coats
Along with Okafor, the Blue Coats acquired the returning player rights to Bruno Caboclo, Matt Mooney, and Shabazz Napier. The Mexico City Capitanes will receive the rights to Skylar Mays, Justin Robinson, and Raphiael Putney.
We have Jahlil Okafor in Delaware with the Blue Coats and reports that the Sixers could try to acquire Nerlens Noel before the February 9th trade deadline.
The Process could be back full circle.
Jahlil Okafor Sixers Highlights
Originally tweeted by Rob Hodge (@RobHodge_) on February 5, 2023.
Former president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers Sam Hinkie drafted the Okafor third overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. At the time, the Sixers already had Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid on their roster but due to health concerns, Hinkie went ahead and selected Okafor as well.
Okafor had a pretty solid rookie season in Philly, averaging 17.5 points, seven rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 53 games with the Sixers. Since then, Okafor played in 142 regular season games for the Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans, and the Detroit Pistons before taking his talents to Mexico City.
Okafor appeared in 15 games with the Capitanes this year, averaging 20.5 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes per game.
The Sixers are definitely looking for a backup center ahead of the February 9th trade deadline. In the past week, there have been reports about Philly trying to acquire Jarred Vanderbilt from Utah, Naz Reid from Minnesota, and again, Nerlens Noel from the Detroit Pistons.
Okafor is someone to keep an eye on in the G League if the Sixers are still in need of a big man next week.