The years-long saga of trade rumors for Jahlil Okafor has officially come to an end, as the Sixers traded the former third overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.
Okafor, still only 21 years old, goes to Brooklyn along with guard Nik Stauskas and a second round pick for veteran forward (and former Wizard) Trevor Booker. The Sixers didn't get much for Okafor, considering how far his stock had fallen in just two years, but they did strengthen their bench with a capable forward who brings value on both ends of the floor.
Okafor, meanwhile, gets a much-needed second chance. He will team up with D'Angelo Russell, the second overall pick in the same draft, to give the Nets two intriguing young players to build around. Okafor, though, is a free agent after this season.
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Okafor has seen his minutes dwindle in the past two seasons, but as a rookie in 2015-16 he averaged an impressive 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. Those stats earned him a spot on the All-Rookie team.
The Wizards play the Nets twice in the next few weeks. They see them in Brooklyn on Dec. 12 and at home on Dec. 22.
The Nets are taking the longview while the Sixers are going for a move that can help them win now. They needed depth at small forward and Booker is an excellent option off their bench to go alongside Justin Anderson, who is out right now due to injury.
The Sixers weren't using Okafor anyways, so they got deeper with Booker. Keep that in mind if the Wizards see them in the playoffs.
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