The phones are ringing in the offices of GMs all over the NBA with the trade deadline coming up quickly, and in the East there's only one team out of the playoff picture. The Chicago Bulls are trying to make a move, according to CSNChicago.com Insider Vincent Goodwill.
In a report Thursday, Goodwill reported that the Bulls have reached out to the Philadelphia 76ers about Jahlil Okafor who seems to be the odd man out with Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel occupying the middle.
Okafor, a No. 3 overall pick in 2015, is averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. He's also from Chicago.
But there are lots of red flags. Okafor is 6-11 but doesn't rebound or pass well as he's a bit of a black hole when he gets the ball. He's also not a good rim protector despite his size and strength and is a major liability defensively. And, of course, there's the multiple off-the-court incidents that occured in his rookie year that calls into question his work ethic, judgement and commitment.
The Bulls, however, need something with Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio as their low-post options. They're underperforming at 25-25 but a lot of teams are one hot streak away from rocketing up the standings.
The Wizards lead the season series 2-1 with Chicago. If Ian Mahinmi isn't able to return to the Wizards after procedures to both knees, they'll be in the market for another big though Okafor, despite his deficiencies, would be out of their range. The Sixers will want an asset, or future asset, for giving up a lottery pick this early in the process.
And shedding a first-round pick in a draft as deep as this June's -- the opposite of a year ago -- wouldn't be wise.