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 did not travel with the team to Monday's game in Charlotte or play in Saturday's home game against Miami because trade talks were progressing on several fronts. Instead of going to Charlotte, Okafor said he worked out at the team's practice facility at the Camden waterfront.
Teams sometimes will keep players out of the lineup if a trade is imminent to avoid a deal-killing injury. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23.

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.

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