76ers to trade Jahlil Okafor to Nets


Former Duke center Jahlil Okafor, the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, finally got his wish: A trade out of Philadelphia, and a chance for consistent playing time.

The 76ers will also send guard Nik Stauskas to the Nets, sources said.

Players of a similar ilk, like Greg Monroe and Al Jefferson, have recently made an impact coming off the bench to give second units some scoring punch.

Booker, the 76ers' reward, was averaging just over 10 points and two assists in 18 games played this season. Since the end of last season, they have acquired two of the top three picks in the 2015 draft: Point guard D'Angelo Russell (second pick) came from the Los Angeles Lakers, in return for veteran center Brook Lopez.

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As for whether the Sixers should be anxious about this trade coming back to haunt them down the road when considering the Nets are in the same division, well let's just say Okafor hasn't given the team any reason for panic.

In Booker, Philadelphia will add a veteran forward averaging 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in his eighth National Basketball Association season.

The Nets, 9-14 on the season, are now in Mexico City for a couple of games which includes a matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight and a game against the Miami Heat on Saturday.

The 76ers declined to exercise the option on Okafor's 2018-19 deal, which means he would hit free agency in July.