76ers agree to trade Okafor to Brooklyn

Tricia Pearson
December 8, 2017

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (8) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the National Basketball Association game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA.

The fact that they also got a second-round pick thrown into the trade is a win for the Nets, who need all the help they can get.

The prospective deal would send Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets, along with shooter Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round draft pick formerly belonging to the New York Knicks, in exchange for forward Trevor Booker. He has only appeared in two games this season, averaging 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game. "I've done everything they've asked of me, and I would just like to get an opportunity to play with a trade or a buyout".

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The Sixers were set to play the Los Angeles Lakers and the Nets are in Mexico for a game against Oklahoma City.

Both Stauskas and Okafor will be free agents at the end of the 2017-18 season. The former first-round pick by the Sacramento Kings has only played in six games this season. While Embiid was nursing his foot injury, Okafor had a solid rookie year, averaging 17.5 points, seven rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game.

Booker, 30, in his eighth year in the National Basketball Association, is a veteran power forward with an attractive expiring contract.

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