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Sixers ship discontented Okafor to Nets


By Agence France-Presse

Jahlil Okafor, restless without a real role for the Philadelphia 76ers, was traded to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in exchange for forward Trevor Booker, the Sixers said.

Philadelphia also sent guard Nik Stauskas to Brooklyn along with 2019 second-round draft selection that originally belonged to the New York Knicks.

Okafor, 21, was drafted third overall by Philadelphia in 2015.

But he had fallen out of favor in a club where Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are emerging as stars.

After averaging a career-high 17.5 points and seven rebounds over 53 games and being selected to the All-Rookie first team in the 2015-16 season, Okafor has appeared in just two games this season for the Sixers, averaging 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Last month he told ESPN he would like the 76ers “to just send me somewhere where I can get an opportunity”.

The 76ers, who had already declined their team option on Okafor for next season obliged with the trade for Booker.

“Trevor Booker has been a solid and competitive two-way contributor at every NBA stop. Trevor’s abilities should complement our style of play and his experience should add to our bench depth with playoff contention in mind,” 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement.

Nets general manager Sean Marks was upbeat about welcoming two young players to their club.

“This trade provides us with a good opportunity to bring in two young players who were high picks in recent drafts and give them a chance to succeed in our system,” Marks said.

Booker, 30, is averaging a career-best 10.1 points per game and 6.6 rebounds through 18 games this season. The eighth-year pro has career averages of 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds.