76ers near deal to send Jahlil Okafor to Brooklyn

Ruben Hill
December 8, 2017

Philadelphia 76ers' Jahlil Okafor prior to a game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 1, 2017.

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded center Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a second-round draft pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Trevor Booker, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

This deal resolves a situation where Okafor, a low-post scorer who spent one season at Duke, was in limbo as far as his National Basketball Association career.

The 76ers declined to exercise the option on Okafor's 2018-19 deal, which means he would hit free agency in July. Embiid blossomed far more at the pro level than the other two.

Is this deal frustrating when considering Okafor is a former first-round pick, and the argument can be made that Philadelphia missed out on numerous trade opportunities over the previous two years to get a better offer? In 105 career games, Okafor is averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

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 Nets are deep into a rebuilding project.

The No. 3 pick by the Sixers in the 2015 draft had fallen out of favor in Philly, buried on the depth chart and seeking trade dating back to last season.

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