76ers sending Jahlil Okafor to Nets

Lynette Rowe
December 8, 2017

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, Okafor will now get a shot to play.

The trade comes in after Okafor requested to be bought out from the 76ers but the team denied that request.

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.

The Sixers drafted Okafor third overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and he averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds over 53 games while earning first-team All-NBA Rookie team honors during his first season. He has only appeared in two games this season, averaging 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game.

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At minimum, starting or coming off the bench, Okafor should play a fair amount for the Nets. It will be interesting to see how he will fit with this Nets team.

Stauskas, who was acquired by the 76ers from Sacramento in a 2015 trade, played in just six games this season due to an ankle injury. The two-year deal he signed with Brooklyn in 2016 for just over $18 million is up at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. Guards T.J. McConnell, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, and Jerryd Bayless were the main options 76ers' head coach Brett Brown made a decision to go with. His career-year was last season when he averaged 27 minutes, scoring 9.5 points per game, while shooting 36.8 percent from deep.

The 76ers are now fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, while the Nets are hovering outside playoff contention.

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