Are Suns interested in a trade with 76ers involving Jahlil Okafor?

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After recently sending Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks, could the Phoenix Suns reach out to the Philadelphia 76ers next about Jahlil Okafor?

At the moment, the Philadelphia 76ers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA thanks to an impressive five-game winning streak, with their latest victory coming on Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz. But despite all of their recent success, the one topic the Sixers just can’t seem to escape is all of the rumors surrounding what the future holds for Jahlil Okafor.

From trade talks to a potential buyout, it seems to be only a matter of time before the former Duke superstar is out of Philadelphia, but also keep in mind this has been a major discussion dating back all the way to last season. Sadly, when looking at all of the big men Brett Brown currently has to work with in the rotation ranging from Joel Embiid to Dario Saric, Okafor is unfortunately one of the odd players out.

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Since the organization seems to have already ruled out the buyout, the one team to keep an eye on moving forward as a potential trade partner is the Phoenix Suns, at least according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Here’s what the ESPN reporter had to say this week in regards to the possibility of Okafor to the Suns:

"The possibility of a contract buyout could give the Suns freedom to be creative with an open roster spot. Before Dec. 6, the Suns need a spot to convert the two-way contract of productive rookie guard Mike James into a regular roster spot. Also, an open roster spot would give the Suns the chance to become involved in trade talks with Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor, a 21-year-old former No. 3 overall pick with whom the Suns have had interest, league sources said."

For the record, it should be noted the “contract buyout” Wojnarowski is referring to involves Greg Monroe, who was recently acquired by Phoenix as part of the trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks. Either way, it seems to be only a matter of time before Monroe is no longer part of the Suns, and if that does end up happening, it would certainly benefit the Sixers.

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As Wojnarowski discussed, Phoenix has already expressed previous interest in Okafor, and when looking at the direction the team is currently heading, this could be a perfect fit for the former No. 3 pick. Sadly, Okafor’s trade value seems to have gone down over the last two years, so if the Sixers find themselves in a position where the Suns are willing to bring the center on board, they need to pull the trigger, and make the deal happen, no matter what.