ESPN The Philadelphia 76ers are nearing agreement to trade Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Trevor Booker, league sources tell ESPN.com. The 76ers will also send guard Nik Stauskas to the Nets, sources said. The Nets will also receive a 2019 second-round pick that originally belonged to the Knicks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
UPDATE: The Nets will release Sean Kilpatrick to make room for Okafor and Stauskas.
The Philadelphia 76ers trusted the process, they stockpiled draft picks for years and some of them worked out and made them a competitive team, like budding stars Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid. However, some of the players that the 76ers drafted during the trust the process run did not fit with their team and had to be traded, first Nerlens Noel and now Jahlil Okafor. In a trade that was a long time coming, the 76ers have shipped Okafor and reserve sharpshooter Nik Stauskas to the Nets (plus a second round draft pick), in exchange for forward Trevor Booker.
I’m a fan of Trevor Booker and his game, he’s a tough veteran forward who will help the 76ers immediately, but this has to be a disappointing return on investment for the former third overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.
Jahlil Okafor is ultra talented on the offensive end of the floor with excellent scoring instincts and ability to finish in the paint, but his game is not suited for the modern NBA, he is not a great athlete and does not have range on his jumps, plus he is awful on the defensive end of the floor. I wonder if Okafor’s destiny is an Al Jefferson or Greg Monroe type big man, who can come ore the bench and provide instant offense in limited minutes with the second unit.
The first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft was Karl Anthony Towns by the Timberwolves and the fourth overall pick was Kristaps Porzingis by the Knicks, both are budding superstars who are considered the future of their respective franchises. The two players that were picked between them, D’Angelo Russell second overall by the Lakers and Jahlil Okafor third overall by the 76ers, both have been dumped in trades to the Brooklyn Nets over the past six months. The Nets gave quietly done a nice job of rebuilding, without any of their own draft picks that they traded to the Celtics for washed up former stars in the worst trade of all-time, as they took on unwanted players who are young and have a ton of talent while giving up next to nothing in return. The Nets hit a home run with Russell, who was playing great before he suffered a knee injury which has kept him sidelined for the past month, hopefully they did the same with Okafor.