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Warriors pose for photos with Jahlil Okafor’s dad’s ‘FREE JAH’ shirt

Jahlil Okafor, Zaza Pachulia, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant

Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor, center right, dunks the ball with Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia, right, defending as Kevin Durant, left, and Stephen Curry, center left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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Jahlil Okafor’s father has not been shy about speaking out on his son’s behalf. NBA players are advocating for the 76ers to grant Okafor, who’s out of the rotation and on an expiring contract, his desired trade or buyout.

When both join forces…

Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry appear to really enjoy Chukwudi Okafor’s shirt. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily calling on Philadelphia to do anything. But they hadn’t to know how it’d be perceived.

It’s easy to predict free agents will avoid the 76ers as a result of the Okafor situation, but few anticipate getting stuck similarly. Players overwhelmingly value money, winning, role and location. If Golden State’s stars are applying any external pressure, it shouldn’t really move Philadelphia more than anything that has already been said and done.