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Philadelphia 76ers trade Jahlil Okafor to Nets

Jahlil Okafor, Robert Covington

Jahlil Okafor’s days of suffering on the pine in Philadelphia have finally come to an end.

According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed with the Brooklyn Nets on a deal that would send the third-year center to New York for Trevor Booker.

In addition to the swapped players and the Knicks draft pick, the Nets will release guard Sean Kilpatrick to create a roster spot for Okafor as they settle their lineups for the season.

This trade now gives Brooklyn two of the three top picks from the 2015 NBA Draft in less than one season. Second overall pick D’Angelo Russell was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason for Brook Lopez, and now the third overall pick in Jahlil Okafor is a Net as well.

Okafor is talented enough to have attracted multiple offers, but the Sixers settled on what they felt was best for the future of the franchise, which in turn brought them yet another draft pick to help build their future.

Recently, players such as Devin Booker sent out messages of support for the former Duke center as well as fan chants of “we want Okafor” trying to get the team to give the young big man some time on the floor, but the Sixers remained firm in their DNP’s while they searched for the perfect trade partner.

This leaves Joel Embiid and Richaun Holmes as the lone centers on the roster, with Trevor Booker mainly playing the power forward position. It’ll be interesting to see how both teams integrate the new players into their new systems.

 

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