Reports: Phoenix Suns may have interest in Jahlil Okafor
From NBA media reports
Just two days after acquiring one big man, the Phoenix Suns may have interest in another. The Suns, who acquired big man Greg Monroe from the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eric Bledsoe trade, are reportedly interested in trading for Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor. Our own David Aldridge pointed out earlier this week that the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks have shown interest in Okafor, but the Suns’ place in is not a big surprise, either.
Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Okafor is with the team in Sacramento for tonight’s game against the Kings (10 ET, NBA League Pass) and will be talking with his agent soon:
Fox 10 Phoenix reported Wednesday that the Suns are interested in acquiring the third overall pick of the 2015 draft.
Okafor was scheduled to meet with his agent Bill Duffy for lunch here Wednesday to discuss possible trade scenarios.
“He’s supposed to give me a rundown on all the options and what’s being said,” Okafor said following Wednesday morning’s practice at Golden 1 Center. “I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on, because I don’t know what’s going on.”
Phoenix expressed interest heading into the season. Okafor has also been the subject of trade discussions with the New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and the Portland Trail Blazers, among others.
As for Monroe, Pompey reports the Suns may be looking to trade him or buy him out of his contract soon:
The Suns don’t have long-term plans for Monroe, who’s making $17 million in this the final year of his contract. So Phoenix will look to trade him or buy him out of his contract.
Don’t count on the Sixers taking Monroe in any potential deal with the Suns. The Sixers have around $15 million available in cap space. A chunk of that money is expected to go to Robert Covington, whose contract can be renegotiated as early as Nov. 15. As a result, the Sixers’ cap space is not in play for any deal.
The Suns could, however, offer one of their protected draft picks and/or someone with a salary comparable to Okafor’s $4.9 million. The Sixers could agree to take someone like Alex Len. He’s making $4.1 million in the final year of his deal.
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