Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Philadelphia Sixers Agree To Trade Jahlil Okafor

Philadelphia Sixers Agree To Trade Jahlil Okafor

Looks like Jahlil Okafor is getting his wish.

Grudge match
Grudge match

The Sixers will trade Okafor along with Nik Stauskas and a second-round pick (via the Knicks) to the Nets in exchange for Trevor Booker, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

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This will end a tumultuous two-plus seasons for Okafor in Philadelphia. His sophomore campaign saw him play just 50 games due to a season-ending knee injury, while the changing National Basketball Association game played a part in seeing his numbers take a steep drop (11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds per game). After he averaged over 13 points a game the last two seasons, the 27-year-old has seen his minutes drop from 25.1 per game last season to 11.4 per game this year and has averaged only 4.9 points per game in 16 contests. Okafor has largely been considered a bust and he asked for a contract buyout once the Sixers declined to pick up his option.

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For Stauskas, Brooklyn will be his third National Basketball Association team in three-plus seasons in the National Basketball Association. A former first-round pick from Clemson, Booker has been predominantly used as an athletic power forward who can also shift to super small ball center if need be. He now joins D'Angelo Russell, the No. 2 pick in that draft, on a Nets roster with some intriguing young talent. The 24-year-old was originally selected with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Kings out of the University of MI. In 482 career games with the Nets, Jazz and Wizards, the eight-year veteran has recorded averages of 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 21.0 minutes per game.

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