Big man Jahlil Okafor has agreed to become the newest member of the Detroit Pistons. He joins the team on a two-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
The 6-foot-11 center is coming off a decent year with the New Orleans Pelicans, which surely helped increase his value on the free agent market this offseason. He averaged 8.1 points along with 4.2 rebounds per game on only 15.6 minutes per game. With the Pelicans not having much of an identity at the center position, Okafor was able to make the most of his time through only 30 games last season. He battled a few injuries during his time with New Orleans, however, which hindered his production at times.
After getting off to a magnificent start his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers, Okafor’s production has steadily declined as the years have went on. The Pistons are in the midst of revamping their frontcourt after signing Mason Plumlee on Friday as well. Both Plumlee and Okafor will likely see interchangeable minutes at the center spot alongside Blake Griffin.
Newly hired general manager Troy Weaver is obviously attempting to trend in a different direction versus what the team has been able to accomplish in the past. They finished last season with a .303 winning percentage, which put them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
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