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NBA Rumor Central: Could Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor be moved?

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With Joel Embiid expected to finally play next season, the Philadelphia 76ers will have three centers on the roster that can start, so one of them might be traded. ESPN.com's Chad Ford was asked about a possible trade during an interview on 97.3 ESPN South Jersey.

"I think that there's a very high likelihood, that whether it's to move up in the draft or use them to grab a free agent in a sign and trade or just to a trade, that you will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season," said Ford. "I think that they'll gauge the interest of both players. I think that there might be a slight preference for Noel, to keep him around with the Sixers, and I think you might be right, there might be a slight, better value for Okafor out on the market, but I think everyone agrees that that combination of those two players doesn't necessarily work."

There has been speculation for several months that of the two, Okafor is the likeliest to be traded, and one rumor has GM Bryan Colangelo offering the big man up to the Boston Celtics for the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

"If I was Philadelphia, it would be done tomorrow. I don't know if Boston would do it, but for Philadelphia, 100 percent," Ford said. "That would allow them to actually I think bring in another guard, an elite guard, whether that's Kris Dunn or Jamal Murray, and suddenly now you've got a very, very bright future. I think that's an easy call for the Sixers if Boston would do it."

Besides the Celtics, John Gonzalez of CSN Philly speculates the Nuggets, Suns and LA Lakers might be possible destinations for Okafor.