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Sixers' Okafor generating trade interest from Wizards' rival?

Sixers' Okafor generating trade interest from Wizards' rival?

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. 

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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