The 76ers sat Jahlil Okafor for two games last week, openly acknowledging they were discussing trading him. Then, they played him in their final game before the All-Star break.
That prompted speculation that no deal fell through, but that Philadelphia was bluffing being close in order to drum up interest.
But maybe there actually was a near-trade.
David Aldridge of NBA.com:
But that trade also makes Portland perfect cover if the 76ers are just trying to deflect from a gambit gone wrong. Not only were the Trail Blazers plausible trade partners, they already made their deal. So, there will be no questions about revisiting discussions.