Friday, 15 December, 2017

76ers sending Jahlil Okafor to Nets

Philadelphia 76ers trade Jahlil Okafor Nik Stauskas to Brooklyn Nets for Trevor Booker Nets trade for Jahlil Okafor, reports say
Spencer Simpson | 08 December, 2017, 01:05

Jahlil Okafor is finally getting out of Philadelphia.

Philly will send guard Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round pick via the New York Knicks in exchange for Trevor Booker per The Vertical's Shams Charania. He has only appeared in two games this season, averaging 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game.

Okafor fell victim to a numbers game over the past year, slipping behind a healthy Joel Embiid, Richaun Holmes and even Amir Johnson this season.

Okafor is talented enough to have attracted multiple offers, but the Sixers settled on what they felt was best for the future of the franchise, which in turn brought them yet another draft pick to help build their future. He was the eighth overall pick by the Kings in the 2014 NBA Draft.

"This is my third year in the National Basketball Association, and I know it's a business", Okafor said.

Booker, the 76ers' reward, was averaging just over 10 points and two assists in 18 games played this season.

The Sixers tried in every way to accommodate for Okafor, the coaching staff played Nerlens Noel out of position at power forward during the 2015-16 season because Okafor couldn't play any other position, and stunk on defense.

The Boston Celtics were nearly always mentioned in rumored deals for Okafor (then again, which rumors weren't they mentioned in the last few years?), and in a way, Thursday's trade will likely make Boston fans smile just a little bit.

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