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Jahlil Okafor 76ers Jersey

The Philadelphia 76ers will explore trading Jahlil Okafor(Jahlil Okafor Jersey) and Nerlens Noel in the buildup to the NBA draft on June 23, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN that the Sixers are determined to gauge the trade market for both Okafor and Noel and are increasingly likely to move at least one of them in conjunction with the draft, in which Philadelphia holds the No. 1 overall selection for the first time since selecting Allen Iverson in 1996.

In recent weeks, rival executives have been forecasting Philadelphia to be one of the most active teams this offseason in terms of pursuing trades, with new personnel boss Bryan Colangelo known to be aggressive and openly determined to speed Philadelphia’s return to playoff contention.

In an interview with ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell earlier this month, Sixers coach Brett Brown hinted at the club’s desire to be active.

“Think about these types of resources,” Brown said during the interview. “We have the first pick. We have the 24th and 26th pick. On our current roster, we have Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Jerami Grant [and] Robert Covington. We had a [2014] draft class that effectively redshirted in Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.

“For the first time in my four years, we’re going to enter a legitimate approach to free agency.”

Colangelo, for his part, told Bleacher Report Radio last week that “everybody is thinking about winning as opposed to prolonging the rebuilding process.”

?Sources describe Okafor, at this early juncture, as the most likely of the two to be moved in the wake of his rocky rookie season off the floor.

But the Sixers are known to be considering a wide range of possibilities, given the prospect of fellow lottery picks Embiid and Saric finally making their Philadelphia debuts next season to add to the Sixers’ deep frontcourt and the well-chronicled concerns about whether Okafor and Noel can play together.

After winning the recent draft lottery, Philadelphia is in the process of choosing whether to take LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram with the first overall pick.

Among the options the Sixers have is trying to trade Okafor or Noel for another high pick in the looming draft to address their backcourt needs or building a package around either one in a trade for veteran talent, either in June or in July after free agency starts.

Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves Jersey

NEW YORK — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns(Karl-Anthony Towns Jersey) and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis have been unanimously selected to the NBA All-Rookie first team.

Both players received all 130 first-team votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the United States and Canada.

Towns was the rookie of the year and led all rookies in scoring (18.3 points per game) and rebounding (10.5 per game). Porzingis was third among rookies in scoring (14.3), second in rebounding (7.3) and first in blocks (1.86). He was the first Knicks rookie to score at least 1,000 points in a season since Mark Jackson in 1987-88.

Joining Towns and Porzingis on the first team were the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker, the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor.

Miami’s Justise Winslow, the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay, Indiana’s Myles Turner and Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein were on the All-Rookie second team.

Tim Duncan Womens Jersey

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With Tim Duncan(Tim Duncan Jersey) gearing up to play what could be the last game of his storied career Thursday if the San Antonio Spurs lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James said his eventual decision on retirement won’t be entirely up to him.

“I think later on in my 30s,” James, 31, said of when he will start thinking about hanging it up. “It’s kind of up to my kids, really. I’ve missed so much of my kids’ tournaments and things of that nature when I’m playing. So, it’s kind of up to them. They’ll let me know when they’re tired of seeing me go away.”

James and his wife, Savannah, have three children: LeBron Jr. (11 years old), Bryce (8) and Zhuri (1 1/2).

For now, he is trying to make a sixth straight trip to the Finals — and a second straight with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He only needs four more wins in the conference finals to do so, but for now the Cavs await a winner in the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat semifinal series, which the Raptors lead 3-2.

The 13-year veteran said the deep postseason runs have caused him to adjust how he approaches the regular season.

“It’s changed how I prepare my body throughout a long season,” James said. “It’s not like I go into the season saying, ‘OK, I’m going to play into June.’ I don’t have that sense of entitlement, but I do prepare myself for the long haul. And saying, if I am fortunate enough to be a part of it, then it’s more of a marathon and not a sprint for me. I’ve played a lot of basketball over the last few years and I’ve been fortunate to play at the highest level for a long time now. I have to listen to my body, and my body has done well for me.”

While James has been able to remain a dominant player for well over a decade, he foresees advancements in medical technology and nutrition programs allowing players to extend their careers longer than ever before.

“I think with the science and the research and the ability to have multiple trainers and things of that nature and also guys taking the individual account of their own bodies, guys are able to play into their late 30s and some into their 40s, as you’re seeing today,” James said. “You got Andre Miller, you got Timmy D [Tim Duncan] who are playing into their 40s. And I played with Ray Allen late in his 30s …

“[Guys are] playing into their late 30s because of the technology and also guys are taking care of their body and understanding, ‘Yeah, we can play beyond what the expectancy is of our sport.’ So, I think it’s a pretty cool thing. We got guys that are 36 on our team, and you look at RJ [Richard Jefferson], he is in better shape than anyone on our team. And you got James Jones as well. So, I think it’s been great to be around guys like that.”

Of course, it’s also been good for James to be around Kyrie Irving (24) and Kevin Love (27), guys who he can lean on and who help save his body from the stress of carrying the Cavs in the postseason — as he did last year when teammates went down because of injuries.

“In these playoffs, you can kind of see he’s not looking to do a lot,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. “In the fourth quarter, if he has to take over a game he will, but he’s playing a lot through Kyrie, a lot through Kevin, a lot through other guys making their shots. He’s just making the right play. It’s not a lot of pressure, not a lot of strain on his body to have to make every single play like he has in his career.

“With that being said, he can play more minutes. He can focus on more on defense and not take minutes off the defensive end. It’s been great for him. You could tell. He’s just really feeling the game out. If there’s a part in the game when he has to take over, he’ll take over.”

Indeed, his minutes are up from 35.6 during the regular season to 38.8 during the playoffs. Following the Cavs’ sweep over Atlanta last weekend, James admitted to ESPN.com he was feeling “a little banged up, but with a week off, I’ll feel great.”

James Harden Womens Jersey

Count former Houston Rockets star Robert Reid among things not going James Harden(James Harden Jersey)’s way these days.

Harden admitted after the team’s playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors that the Rockets “had too many distractions, a bumpy road” from the very start this season.

Reid, who played 10 seasons for the Rockets and averaged 11.4 points over a 14-year NBA career, on Monday told KHOU 11 Sports that those issues start with Harden.

“Harden is a tremendous player, but he’s not bringing it for the team,” Reid said. “I’m sorry, I’m just going to say it. Harden looks after Harden.”

Reid told the station that it will be up to whoever coaches the Rockets next season — be it J.B. Bickerstaff, who was the interim coach this season after Kevin McHale was fired, or somebody new — to send a message to Harden about his demeanor.

“The new coach that they bring in here is the one that’s going to have to say, ‘I’m the one who gets fired if we don’t win, not you. Do you feel lucky? Because your happy-jack behind will be at the end of the bench until you come to this game that we want to play.’

Reid told the station that the team’s dysfunction this season, particularly on offense, started with Harden, whose chemistry with Dwight Howard disintegrated over the course of the season.

“Monday through Wednesday, the team goes through their offensive plays. First option, second option … when we had the Twin Towers, here’s what we’re going to do,” Reid told the station. “But come game night, [they] have one guy holding the ball and the others are like ‘Where are we going to have dinner at tonight?’”

After being eliminated from the playoffs, Howard was truthful about the team’s chemistry.

“It didn’t go the way we wanted to go,” said Howard, who will become a free agent this summer. “We had a lot of ups and downs and I’m sure all of us are going to take some time to reflect on what we can do to better ourselves.”