Jahlil Okafor heading to Nets as 76ers acquire Trevor Booker in swap

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

The Philadelphia 76ers are trading the 21-year-old center to the Brooklyn Nets, per ESPN's Zach Lowe. The former third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has only played in two games this season, averaging five points and 4.5 rebounds on 44.4 per cent shooting.

Okafor is averaging 14.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 2.1 turnovers in 26.2 minutes per game for his career (105 games).

Jahlil Okafor got his trade wish and the Nets got a big man with major upside.

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. Brooklyn has started Timofey Mozgov and Tyler Zeller at times this season at center, but Okafor could develop with the team's young core, which includes D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert.

Philadelphia has excised Okafor from its rotation after declining their team option on him for next season, and Okafor's representatives have asked for a trade or a buyout.

Okafor was the third pick in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft after winning an NCAA championship in his lone season at Duke.

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