BOSTON – Jahlil Okafor has rejoined the 76ers and is likely to play Wednesday night in Boston because the team is not as close to trading the second-year center as it seemed to be in recent days, sources said. The trade talks continue.
Okafor will likely come off the bench and Nerlens Noel will likely start at center against the Celtics at T.D. Garden in the Sixers' final game before a nine-day all-star break.
This is another chapter in what has been a strange trade scenario.
A team source confirmed multiple reports that Okafor flew to Boston on Tuesday to rejoin the team. However, coach Brett Brown said on WIP on Wednesday morning that Okafor is scheduled to fly here in a couple of hours to join the team for shootaround.
Okafor has been the subject of trade discussions with the New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, and reportedly the Portland Trail Blazers, among others.