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Report: Other NBA teams speculating 76ers sat Jahlil Okafor to drum up trade interest

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 26: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers controls the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center on October 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Thunder defeated the 76ers 103-97. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Jahlil Okafor missed the 76ers’ last two games, because -- as they abnormally openly revealed -- he was involved in trade talks. It’s one thing to sit a player the day a trade is imminent. Doing it for multiple games is another level.

Yet, Okafor is rejoining Philadelphia for its game against the Celtics tonight.

What gives?

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer:

The shelving of Okafor was likely meant to flush out the best offers around the league, sources speculate. It’s not uncommon for teams to use leaks to stir interest. The Nuggets and Blazers weren’t pursuing Okafor. The Bulls likely aren’t either. No one is buying what Bryan Colangelo is selling: a one-dimensional center who can’t defend, rebound, or pass on a roster loaded with big men.

Even if this weren’t 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo’s plan, this belief around the league will hurt his leverage. Colangelo already sounded desperate to move a center. Good luck convincing anyone Okafor is coveted now.

And there’s still the issues about Okafor’s defense and floor-spacing...