Jahlil Okafor won’t return to Brooklyn, has interest from Bulls, Pacers
Jahlil Okafor got a different opportunity with the Brooklyn Nets after being stuck to the bench for most of his second and third seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. As it sits, the Nets are unlikely to bring him back after the 6-foot-11 center played 26 games for them last season, according to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News.
The former No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft hasn’t received much interest from teams after posting an impressive 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a rookie in 2015-16.
Yet the former star prospect worked out for four teams in Las Vegas and remains hopeful of winding up with an NBA team in the future. The Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers are among those interested in the big man.
Okafor has reportedly gone down from his 275 pounds to 258, slimming his bulky frame in hopes to be in better shape for what will be demanded of him with any NBA franchise.
The Sixers’ cut ties with him after a long-known issue with his commitment to recovery, often part of prolonged absences and several DNPs via coach’s decision.
If he is to join another team, he will have to put those questions to bed before he can ink a contract in the NBA.