| The Sixers ship Big Jah to the Big Apple |
The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly traded Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas, and a 2019 2nd round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Trevor Booker.
This trade was a long time coming; since last season, the team had been trying to trade Okafor, the 3rd overall pick from the 2015 draft. With Joel Embiid blossoming into a superstar, Okafor didn’t have a future on this team. The team declined to pick up his option for next season in October.
Okafor appeared in just 2 games so far this year. It’s a surprising fall from grace for the third year pro who averaged 17 points per game as a rookie. Okafor struggled with defense and conditioning during his time here, but handled his benching and the team’s transparent desire to trade him with class.
Stasukas, the 8th overall pick in 2014, was traded to Philadelphia in 2015 from Sacramento. He had almost entirely fallen out of the rotation with the signing on JJ Redick, playing in just 6 games and averaging 7 minutes per night.
In exchange for these assets the Sixers will get back Trevor Booker. The eighth year forward is averaging a career high 10.1 points per game with the Nets, as well as 6 rebounds and 2 assists in about 21 minutes per night. He will likely come off the bench and bolster the frontcourt. Booker’s contract also expires at the end of this season.
Okafor’s first game against his former team will be on Jan. 31st in Brooklyn.