The rumors linking Sixers big man Jahlil Okafor and his hometown Chicago Bulls had died down in recent weeks, but with the trade deadline closing in on Thursday afternoon, things appear to be heating up once again.

A new report from Yahoo! Sports says the Bulls have shown increased interest in making a deal.

Okafor, 21, has been the subject of many trade discussions despite being in just his second year in the NBA.

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Philly has a surplus of frontcourt players and teammate Joel Embiid has passed him on the depth chart.

Chicago continues to be in rumors involving Jimmy Butler, but the two players have not been linked as part of the same potential deal.

Forward Taj Gibson is also reportedly available.

Whatever the Bulls do will be pertinent for the Wizards, who could match up with them in the playoffs this year. The Wizards are the No. 3 seed currently while the Bulls are seventh.

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