Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 1/28/14
Emeka Okafor has not played all season, sidelined with a neck injury. He probably will not see the floor at all this season, yet could be the most prized possession of the trade deadline. We have discussed an Okafor deal here before, but yesterday Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports told us why things will get even more interesting. Now that the Suns have reached the halfway point of their season, an insurance policy kicks in that will cover 80% of Okafor's remaining contract - which Woj goes on to mention is $5.7 million in pocket to what ever team lands him. The Suns are on the record that they are indeed trying to win now and will use Okafor to bolster up for a playoff run.Here is the most important aspect of Woj's column:The Suns have expressed a willingness to absorb a veteran player on a short-term deal who wouldn't compromise the organization's ample salary-cap space for the future, league sources said. As rival teams explore ways to shed payroll and avoid luxury-tax payments,...
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