The Celtics have long been rumored to have an interest in acquiring 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor. Now, with Okafor wanting out in Philly and the Sixers shopping him, the Celtics are unwilling to part with a first-round pick to get him, the Boston Globe reported.
In Gary Washburn's Sunday NBA notes, he writes that a first-round pick is seen as too steep a price for the Celtics to pay for a player who'll be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
Philadelphia does not want to buy out his contract and then watch him sign with a conference rival with no compensation. The Celtics have long held interest in Okafor, but as more of a project than an immediate contributor. Boston is also not willing to part with a first-round pick for Okafor.
The Celtics have the room to acquire a player now that the NBA has granted them an $8.5 million disabled player exception after Gordon Hayward's season-ending injury. That, and Okafor's situation in Philly, fired up the trade rumors again. Still, the Celtics are apparently unwilling to part with one of their many first-rounders for a half-season rental.