Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sixers trade Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets

Sixers trade Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets

As the Philadelphia 76ers' "process" starts to bring results (13-10, fifth place in the Eastern Conference entering Thursday's action), Jahlil Okafor has been left behind.

Okafor was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft. Over multiple seasons, the Sixers drafted three prominent college big men: Okafor, Kentucky's Nerlens Noel and Kansas' Joel Embiid.

The Philadelphia 76ers are trading the 21-year-old center to the Brooklyn Nets, per ESPN's Zach Lowe. The Mississauga, Ont. native has only played in six games this season averaging under a point per game on 25 per cent shooting.

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Okafor, who has played in just two games this season, said last month he had asked the 76ers for a buyout because he wants to find a team where he "can play". The change of scenery seemed to help Russell, who was averaging a team-high 20.9 points per game this season before suffering a knee injury.

The Sixers were set to play the Los Angeles Lakers and the Nets are in Mexico for a game against Oklahoma City. In 105 career games, Okafor is averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. People were talking about Okafor as the second-best prospect in his draft class before he fell into oblivion, so it's worth the gamble for a bad Nets team with no potential National Basketball Association superstars outside of possibly D'Angelo Russell. Brooklyn sent veteran forward Trevor Booker to Philadelphia in return.

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