The Philadelphia 76ers are in the final stages of a trade to send Ersan Ilyasova to Atlanta. As that deal moves closer to being done, the Chicago Bulls are knocking on the door of a Jahlil Okafor deal. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls continue to pursue the second-year big man as we head into the meat of trade deadline week.
The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly close to making their first deadline week deal. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are close to a deal that would send forward Ersan Ilyasova to Atlanta for injured center Tiago Splitter and two second-round picks.
The Hawks agreed to trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire forward Ersan Ilyasova, league sources told The Vertical.
The Hawks will send center Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat to the Sixers, league sources said.
The Hawks and Sixers agreed on a swap of 2017 second-round picks, which ultimately will become the Golden State Warriors’ second-round pick headed to Atlanta, league sources said.
This'll mark the second time Ilyasova will be moved this season after the Sixers acquired him early on from Oklahoma City for Jerami Grant and the fifth time overall in the last 20 months.Ilyasova has provided Philadelphia with pretty consistent offensive numbers, averaging 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, but with how Dario Saric has been playing, the move makes sense. Ilyasova is set to become a free agent at the end of the season as well.
Tiago Splitter will likely never actually don a Sixers uniform. He hasn't played at all this season with a calf strain and only averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in an injury plagued 2015-16 season. His contract is up after the season and is owed just about the same amount of money as Ilyasova. Wojnarowski's column on the trade indicates the Sixers intend to use Splitter, 32, as a mentor for their young centers, so it doesn't look like they'll waive him.
All in all, this looks like a pretty solid trade. The Sixers offense may or not be affected too much, but Bryan Colangelo got value for an expiring contract in the form of two second round picks. Not too shabby.
The NBA trade deadline is one day away and the Philadelphia haven't made any moves yet. That could very well change in the next 24 hours with the team likely attempting to find suitors for Jahlil Okafor. The second-year big man has been the center point of trade rumors in Philadelphia over the last couple of weeks. A deal was reportedly close between the Sixers and Trail Blazers prior to the All-Star break, so Okafor sat out two games before Portland ended up acquiring Jusuf Nurkic from the Nuggets. The Pelicans also showed interest in Okafor, but instead worked out a deal with Sacramento for DeMarcus Cousins.
The Philadelphia 76ers returned to practice today for the first time since the All-Star break. The biggest stories leading into the practice were Joel Embiid's status, Ben Simmons' CT scan scheduled for Thursday, and the trade deadline. All of those topics were addressed, but we'll start with Embiid. He was a full participant in practice, but has officially been listed as doubtful for both Friday and Saturday's games. Ben Simmons did some individual workouts and will get more info on his injury tomorrow.
The Sixers talent certainly lies in the frontcourt. There is not a core player to speak of in the Sixers backcourt, and it is filled with stopgap players until they can groom a draft pick or acquire an established player to grow with the frontcourt stars.
The last two weeks have been pretty interesting in terms of figuring out where Sixers center Jahlil Okafor will land before tomorrow's trade deadline.
For all intents and purposes, seven teams have been involved in trade talks with the Sixers in the last couple weeks, with no trade going through. The Celtics came up as a possible suitor on Monday, the Pacers emerged yesterday, and now the Kings have entered the mix following the trade of DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans and their lack of big-man presence.
The Philadelphia 76ers parted ways with one of their original "process soldiers" in early January, waiving forward Hollis Thompson. The 25-year-old out of Georgetown has been playing with the Spurs D-League affiliate, but was reportedly one of a few players working out for the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.