I think they already tried pretty hard to deal Okafor and were disappointed that other teams see the same characteristics in him that you and I do.I'm probably in the minority, but I'd keep Noel, especially over Okafor. That team needs at least a little defense, and he's one of the top young defensive bigs in the game.
Just a feeling, but I can see Okafor sulking once Simmons starts taking away half the shots he took last season as a black hole in the post.
To me a black hole on offense is a guy who once he gets the ball, you might as well go back on defense because he's either shooting or turning the ball over trying to force something. That was Jahlil last year to a T.Can Okafor really be considered a black hole if he's shooting > .500? Isn't that just good offense?
I would not move Okafior until I'm absolutely positive he can never become an average defender. I think there is a 50/50 chance the 3 point line moves back in the next 3 years and if it does he instantly becomes a top 10 offensive player.
Exactly. Having all these young bigs who's whole trade value is based on potential is great and all, but as soon as one gets relegated to the bench, on one of the leagues worst teams mind you, their trade value will plummet.I really worry about Okafor's trade value falling even more once he's playing less than 20 minutes a game this season because Dario Saric is out-hustling him, spreading the floor, and passing the ball.
I don't really see Denver as a fit - they've got Jokic and Nurkic in the middle already and Noel had a little bit more in the way of problems on defense as a full-time four than was expected. Maybe not so much "problems" as it minimized his strengths. I honestly think the Sixers are going to make a move in the next couple of months to trade Okafor or Noel for way less than people think. Like, "pile of middling prospects and late firsts" less. If not in August then when one of them is playing 10 mpg and demands a trade.The Mudiay/Noel trade idea mentioned earlier is interesting. Probably depends on whether Denver sees Murray as their future PG.