Emeka Okafor C PHO 7 Months
Okafor likely won't sign with a team until midseason due to his recovery from the herniated disc in his back, ESPN reports.
Okafor suffered the injury in September of last year, and wasn't able to play in a single game for the Suns. The injury was bad enough that the recovery will continue to keep him out until midseason of the upcoming year. That being said, there will be a bunch of teams in the running to sign Okafor once he's healthy, as he's already been linked to a few different teams. Once he's back, Okafor will provide a team with veteran leadership and depth at the center position.
Emeka Okafor C PHO Nov 15 '79
Emeka Okafor (herniated disk) could be the centerpiece of the rumored Pau Gasol trade between the Lakers and Suns.
Okafor may not see the court this season, but his contract could play a large part in the Suns acquiring Pau Gasol. In the rumored swap, the Lakers would take on Okafor's expiring $14.5 million contract in exchange for Gasol as they attempt to gain some salary relief. Fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with what happens to Okafor, but he could still play a part in what might be the biggest trade before the deadline.
Emeka Okafor C PHO Aug 07 '79
Emeka Okafor's herniated disk is "much more severe than initially anticipated," according to J. Michael of CSNWashington.com, and he "might be on the court again within three months."
Okafor's indefinite timetable to return was a key factor in the Wizards' decision to trade him along with a future No. 1 pick for Marcin Gortat and three other players whom Washington will waive. The Suns are more interested in developing Alex Len and Miles Plumlee than they are in seeing Okafor on the court, and he shouldn't be drafted in any fantasy leagues.
Emeka Okafor C PHO Aug 05 '79
Emeka Okafor has been traded to the Suns, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
He is out indefinitely with an injury to his neck and the Suns got him to make the numbers work financially. Okafor is going to be an unrestricted free agent this year and the Suns aren't likely to keep him. He's not worth drafting considering his lack of a timetable.
Emeka Okafor C PHO Jul 18 '79
Emeka Okafor (neck) is not with the team and traveled back to New York.
He's under supervision of a neck specialist in New York and doesn't appear close to a return. Okafor is out indefinitely and is not worth owning in most fantasy leagues until there is some sort of timetable for a return.
Emeka Okafor C PHO Jul 06 '79
Emeka Okafor (neck) has started his rehab but does not have a timetable to return, according to coach Randy Wittman.
There hasn't been much clarity on this situation, but Okafor could miss a lot of time with his herniated C4 disk in his neck. He's not worth drafting in fantasy leagues and Kevin Seraphin will have a chance to bounce back from his disappointing 2012-13 season.
Emeka Okafor C PHO Jun 29 '79
Updating a previous item, Emeka Okafor (neck) is "optimistic" that he won't need surgery on his herniated C4 disk.
He will try and rehab the injury and said he has no timetable for a return. Okafor is planning on doing manual manipulation and spine exercises while remaining hopeful to play this season. He isn't worth drafting with this news and Kevin Seraphin moves up as a target in standard drafts.
Emeka Okafor C PHO Jun 29 '79
The Wizards announced that Emeka Okafor (neck) is out indefinitely with a spine injury.
An MRI revealed that he has a herniated C4 disc, which is located in the lower part of the neck. Okafor could miss time in the regular season and he said the Wizards are still hopeful to make the playoffs. Injuries to the spine can be tricky to put a prognosis on, so we're not going to speculate. Kevin Seraphin could have a chance to rebound from his sub-par 2012-13 and will be worth drafting late.
Emeka Okafor C PHO Jan 26 '79
Emeka Okafor (ankle) will not play in the season finale vs. Chicago on Wednesday.
With Nene already out, it should be prime time for Kevin Seraphin to do his thing against Chicago in the final game of the year. Seraphin had 17 points, seven boards and a blockin 26 minutes on Monday.
Emeka Okafor C PHO Jan 19 '79
Emeka Okafor (shoulder) played 22 minutes against the Knicks on Tuesday, scoring four points with eight boards and one assist.
He suffered a shoulder sprain on Sunday and didn't miss any games. Okafor's numbers have come down a bit, but he should have better luck against the Heat on Wednesday.