Like time itself, NBA trades may now be discussed in BC (before Cousins) and AD (after DeMarcus). The Pelicans/Kings swap that sent shockwaves through the NBA likely jostled some things already in the works. As Ramona Shelburne of ESPN put it, “Think of like real estate. When the mansion on your block goes for half of what it should, it throws off the comps for every other house.” One other deal will need to happen to reset that valuation, but until it happens, everything is in flux.
So where does that leave Jahlil Okafor and his potential suitors? Well the Pelicans are out. So are the Trailblazers and Nuggets (who may have never been interested in the first place). The Bulls were one of those original suitors, and Jon Johnson said the Bulls and Sixers have had ongoing conversations over the past few days. The Boston Globe said Jah is not on the Celtics’ radar, but there could be another interested party in the mix: The Indiana Pacers want help for Paul George. He’s no DeMarcus Cousins (for many reasons), but he’s one of the few legit two-way superstars in this league, and he needs bodies. For some reason, one of the bodies the Pacers are reportedly looking at is Okafor.
The Pacers have reportedly made their 2017 first round pick available, but there’s no word on if that would be in exchange for Jah, or if they’ve just made it available to whoever gives them the best return. “Paul George needs help” + “We got Jahlil Okafor” doesn’t equal a ton of wins. SI also reported that the Mavericks could be in the mix.
The trade deadline is just over 48 hours away.