Philadelphia 76ers trade Jahlil Okafor to Nets

Ross Houston
December 8, 2017

The Brooklyn Nets will release guard Sean Kilpatrick, reports The Vertical's Shams Charania. However, he has appeared in just two games this season.

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 NY for Trevor Booker.

The move will open up a roster spot for Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas, both acquired by the Nets in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

Okafor has received very little playing time in Philly over the last two seasons.

The Sixers drafted Okafor third overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and he averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds over 53 games while earning first-team All-NBA Rookie team honors during his first season.

For the Nets, the acquisition of Okafor gives the franchise a young prospect with upside at the center position.

The improving Sixers (13-10) had declined their team option for next season on Okafor.

Philadelphia had shopped Okafor to several teams this season, but found a partner with the Nets while also receiving a reliable frontcourt asset in Booker.

This deal resolves a situation where Okafor, a low-post scorer who spent one season at Duke, was in limbo as far as his National Basketball Association career.

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