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Sixers’ affiliate trades rights to J.P. Tokoto to Thunder, he’s headed to D-League

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: J.P. Tokoto #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Los Angeles Lakers on July 11, 2015 at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

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J.P. Tokoto is very athletic.

He just has to learn how to fit that into the NBA game, ideally as a lock-down defender. But there is some work to do, which is why the Sixers cut him at the end of training camp.

Tokoto signed to play with the 87ers, the Sixers’ D-League affiliate, but they traded him to the Oklahoma City D-League team, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Sixers’ coach Brett Brown said when cutting Tokoto that he could get into the NBA on his defensive skills with some work — that’s what the D-League is for. It’s also for guys looking to develop some shooting range, another Tokoto need.

Some players need more time to develop; the Thunder organization is willing to take a low-risk chance they can make that happen.