By: Evan Singleton
Sixers big man, Jahlil Okafor, has made it fairly clear that he wants out of Philadelphia. The former 3rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft was fine with the team not picking up his option, in fact he seemed excited. The guy has nothing against the organization, but he wants to play. He wants to see the court. Is that something he could do in Boston for the Celtics? Will the Boston Celtics trade from him?
My original feeling is, "Wow that might work. Another big down low." However, the more I look into the logistics of it, the more it doesn't seem to work.
Due to the Celtics Disabled Player Exception (DPE), they have a salary cap exception of $8.4 million. This gives them the ability to exceed their capped salary (like a mid-level exception). This also gives them the ability to either sign or trade for another player.
Jahlil Okafor's name has been tossed around now. Most likely because his time in Philly seems to be coming to an end. So why do I not see the Celtics making a move for Okafor?
First off, he just hasn't been good. Maybe his rookie year, sure. But other than that. Nada. Nothing. There is a reason the Sixers did not pick up his option. It is because they don't believe he is worth a legitimate salary.
Second, I don't see the Celtics trading for Okafor because I don't think they'll be able to afford him next year. Therefor, it may in fact be a waste of that $8.4 million. They would not be able pay him any more than $6.3 million for next year. And I have a feeling Okafor has his eyes set on much more than that, whether it is deserved or not.
So based on those two reasons, I really don't see the Celtics sticking their nose into serious trade talks with the Sixers regarding Jahlil Okafor.