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Pelicans Nearly Dealt For Jahlil Okafor With Similar Offer As Cousins' Trade

Feb 20, 2017 2:19 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans were close to trading for Jahlil Okafor approximately 10 days ago with a package that was similar to the one they used to acquire DeMarcus Cousins.

The Pelicans were discussing a trade of Tyreke Evans, New Orleans' 2017 first rounder and Philadelphia's 2017 second rounder for Okafor with the 76ers. Unlike their offer for Cousins, the Pelicans were not including Buddy Hield.

The deal between the Pelicans and 76ers fell apart over pick protections.

The Pelicans also discussed a Paul Georg trade with the Indiana Pacers ahead of Thursday's deadline.

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Blazers Were Close To Jahlil Okafor Trade Before Dealing For Jusuf Nurkic

Feb 18, 2017 5:36 PM

Before the Portland Trail Blazers traded Mason Plumlee to the Denver Nuggets for Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick, they were close to acquiring Jahlil Okafor from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Talks between the Blazers and 76ers were advanced enough for Philadelphia to pull Okafor from their lineup.

The Blazers broke off trade talks with Philadelphia after they decided instead to deal for Nurkic. Portland now has three first round picks.

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Jahlil Okafor Would Enjoy Playing With Anthony Davis

Feb 18, 2017 5:23 PM

Jahlil Okafor was in New Orleans for the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday as his future with the Philadelphia 76ers remains uncertain amid trade rumors.

The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the teams who have been connected to trading for Okafor.

"I really don't know what's going to happen," said Okafor. "Honestly, I checked the city out, because it is in the back of my head. But I'm trying to do my best to enjoy this weekend."

If traded to the Pelicans, Okafor would have the opportunity to play with fellow Chicago native Anthony Davis.

"That would be a lot of fun," Okafor said. "Me and Anthony are both from Chicago. He is somebody that I played against in high school, somebody that I consider my friend.

"I would enjoy playing with him if that was the possibility. But like I said, I'm just unsure about what is going to happen."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Ben Simmons' Foot May Not Yet Be Fully Healed

Feb 16, 2017 3:59 PM

Ben Simmons surgically repaired Jones fracture may not yet be fully healed.

Simmons is scheduled to visit the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York as early as Monday to determine if his right foot is fully healed, according to multiple sources.

Sources said that a foot scan on Jan. 23 showed that his foot was not fully healed.

Simmons was initially scheduled to only miss three months and return in January.

While Simmons has been doing on-court drills, he has been held out of five-on-five scrimmages.

There are only 26 games remaining this season, which reduces the possibility of Simmons playing at all this season.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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76ers Still Expect Ben Simmons To Play This Season

Feb 15, 2017 9:24 PM

Brett Brown has gone on record that he expects Ben Simmons to play this season as he recovers from his broken foot.

"Our plan is to still see him on the court, playing games," Brown told ESPN on Wednesday. "We just don't know when.

"I fully expect him to play this season. He thinks that, and he's motivated to play."

Brown told ESPN that Simmons is running, jumping and cutting but hasn't been cleared for contact. Brown has been training Simmons in individual workouts, and the player also has been doing 5-on-0 drills.

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Jahlil Okafor Rejoins 76ers After Trade Fails To Materialize

Feb 15, 2017 10:56 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers shelved Jahlil Okafor in order to create the best trade offer possible leading to the All-Star break, league sources speculate. 

The 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans have been in talks but have stalled.

The Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls likely aren't interested in Okafor.

According to Jessica Camerato of Comcast, Okafor has rejoined the 76ers for their final game before the break. Camerato reports Philadelphia was close to trading Okafor and that is why he was held out of two games.

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Ben Simmons Less Likely To Play At All This Season

Feb 13, 2017 7:48 PM

Ben Simmons is appearing less likely to play at all this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a broken foot.

“I don’t think so,” Brown said. “I feel like he’s moving forward, but to say that we believe he’s going to be ready for 5-on-5 during the All-Star break would be misleading. I don’t see that. 

“He is moving forward but it’s at a very slow pace, our pace. I think when we all get back and he’s around the team again, because it’s not an ideal situation to manufacture 5-on-5 during a break, then we can better craft and construct to allow the return to play to be more responsible.”

Simmons hasn't been traveling with the Philadelphia 76ers lately.

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Jahlil Okafor Trade Talks Gain Momentum

Feb 11, 2017 9:57 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers held Jahlil Okafor out of Saturday's game against the Miami Heat as trade discussions gain momentum.

The 76ers are currently short at center with Joel Embiid out with a knee injury.

Okafor is averaging 13.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game in February.

Okafor has been linked to a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Joel Embiid Has Minor Tear In Meniscus Of Left Knee

Feb 11, 2017 8:07 PM

Joel Embiid has a minor tear in the meniscus in his left knee.

There is some thought that the torn meniscus could be a pre-existing condition which an ensuing MRI discovered, rather than caused by the fall on January 20th, although the two injuries being related has not been completely ruled out.

Embiid has missed 11 out of the past 12 games and will likely remain out through the All-Star break.

Embiid is not expected to need surgery for the injury.

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76ers Want Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid To Play Together At Some Point This Season

Feb 10, 2017 4:15 PM

Bryan Colangelo provided an update on the health of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, who are both currently out of action for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Simmons has been practicing a bit recently after being off the floor since breaking a foot in late September. Embiid has missed eight straight games because of a knee contusion.

"I do want everyone to understand: We're taking every precaution," Colangelo said. "We put the health and performance of our players ahead of everything. It's a long-term scenario with these guys, as opposed to rushing them back, and putting them in a position to fail."

Colangelo wants Simmons and Embiid to play together at some point this season.

"Obviously, when you see things in practice, you can talk about them all day long, but until you put it into practice and see it, it's going to be hard to know the ultimate outcome," he said. "We hope ... they're going to both be able to play together this year. That's the goal. That's the objective."

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