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Pelicans’ Jahlil Okafor will miss 1-2 weeks with right ankle sprain

Jahlil Okafor, Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Tuesday that center Jahlil Okafor has a sprained right ankle and will miss approximately 1-2 weeks.

Okafor suffered the injury this past Sunday in his hometown of Chicago against the Bulls. He was seen by media members on the United Center concourse using crutches. The former No. 3 overall pick scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting versus the Bulls before sustaining the ankle sprain.

This is a tough break for Okafor, who lost a ton of weight this offseason and came into camp with a noticeably toned physique after working out diligently in Miami. Okafor signed a two-year contract with the Pelicans in August. Only $50,000 of the two-year deal is guaranteed, though. Okafor’s contract has a partial guarantee in the first year and a team option for year two.

Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015, Okafor was traded to the Brooklyn Nets last season. He appeared in 26 games with the Nets and averaged 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 56.6 percent from the field in 13 minutes a game.

Okafor’s best statistical season in the NBA came during his rookie year with the Sixers when he posted 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He fell out of Philadelphia’s rotation after Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons recovered from their respective injuries.

The Pelicans lost All-Star power forward DeMarcus Cousins to the Golden State Warriors in free agency, so they were in need of some frontcourt help. Okafor has proven he can score in the paint, but his effort on defense is atrocious at times.