The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a trade that will send center Jahlil Okafor, forward Nik Stauskas and a second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for forward Trevor Booker and the Knicks‘ 2019 second-round pick in deal. As a result the Nets will release guard Sean Kilpatrick to create roster space for Okafor and Nik Stauskas, according to reports from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Okafor, the number 3rd overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, has struggled to find playing time in the Sixers’ young frontcourt. He has played in just two games this season. He averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as a rookie.
My take: While many are calling this trade a risk, I think it’s a steal. Okafor never really got a fair shot in Philadelphia’s crowded frontcourt. I mean you look at his numbers as a rookie and you have to be blown away. Now the Sixers pull the trigger and trade him to a team within their division…crazy. And who did the Nets have at center anyways? Timofey Mozgov? Tyler Zeller? Jarrett Allen? Quincy Acy? None of them are at the talent level of Okafor. Once he’s up to speed he’ll give the nets an interior presence on offense that they’ve been lacking all season.