Just when it seemed like Jahlil Okafor’s time with the Sixers could be coming to a close, he rejoined the team in Boston for the final game before the All-Star break and trade deadline.

The Sixers had been close to a deal for Okafor, which is why they decided to hold him out on Saturday against the Heat and Monday against the Hornets, according to a source.

The Metro first reported Okafor's presence at Logan Airport, and Sixers spokesman Michael Preston confirmed that Okafor had rejoined the team.

Even though there is only one game left before the deadline, the Sixers had been keeping open the possibility that Okafor would rejoin the team on the road if a trade didn’t occur. Brett Brown previously noted the Sixers did not want to complicate things for Okafor while the second-year center was involved in discussions and emphasized the team's open communication with him (see story).

The Sixers had Okafor stay in Philadelphia on Sunday when they traveled to Charlotte for Monday’s game in case a trade went down while they were on the road. They wanted to avoid a scenario where, if that had happened, Okafor would have had to return mid-trip. (The Sixers took a similar approach when they waived Hollis Thompson before his contract deadline in early January so he wouldn’t be sent home during a road swing.)

The Feb. 23 trade deadline is a just over week away, and the Sixers still could find a partner for Okafor if one makes sense for both player and team.