Jahlil Okafor to the… Nets?
Jahlil Okafor has FINALLY been traded:
Philly will send Okafor, Nik Stauskas, and a second-round pick to Brooklyn for Trevor Booker, sources say.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) December 7, 2017
Okafor’s nightmare is officially over. This trade to Brooklyn came out of nowhere, but it officially means that the once highly regarded big man out of Duke will get some playing time. This season, he has logged a grand total of 25 minutes over the course of 23 games. He’s also averaging just 5 points to go with just 4.5 rebounds. Not exactly eye popping stats, but it’s hard to do anything when you’ve been relegated to the bench.
Okafor definitley has not lived up to his potential during his two year career, but it’s hard to say that the 76ers gave him a fair shot at really competing, which is absolutely why this needed to happen for Jah and Philly. It was like a nasty, nasty, marrige that was never going to work no matter how hard the two sides tried.
What this also means is that the Brooklyn Nets now own the number 2 and 3 picks from the 2015 NBA Draft (D’Angelo Russell). Cool, I think? Brooklyn is definitley a solid place to help Okafor get his career on track, but he has a long ways to go. However, I do think that D’Angelo Russell is a good guy to help push Jah because he also knows what it feels like to be given up on. I’m not saying they’re going to be great right away, but this could be a steal for Brooklyn if Okafor gets his career on track.
Written By: Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)