Dec 12, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) posts up against Houston Rockets power forward Greg Smith (4) during the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets won 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Emeka Okafor will not be ready to play until mid-way through this season.
Yet, he’s drawing immense interest from NBA teams looking to fortify their respective frontcourts.
As mentioned, the Houston Rockets are a bit thin at the 5-spot. Only Donatas Motiejunas stands between the Rockets being dominated when Dwight Howard is not on the court. Not only is Okafor a good defender, but he boards well and helps protect the rim.
Okafor will continue to rehab from herniated discs, but the former Rookie of the Year offers a lot of help to teams lacking in size. Okafor was dealt to the Phoenix Suns following his injury last preseason.
Okafor is now 30 years old, but he’s still a borderline starter. Over the past two seasons, Okafor has averaged 9.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Okafor also blocks 1.9 shots per-36 over his nine-year NBA career.
He’ll want to sign with a contender and is considering both the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Since Okafor may not sign until around the All-Star break, it gives the Rockets a chance to woo him by getting off to a hot start.
Source: ESPN, Marc Stein