Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

Report: Sixers trade Okafor, Stauskas to Nets for Booker

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William Lou

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Jahlil Okafor has finally been freed.

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Okafor, Nik Stauskas, and a 2019 second-round pick (by way of the New York Knicks) to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in exchange for Trevor Booker, sources told Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Okafor, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft, became an outcast in the Sixers organization as the team devoted its future to fellow big man Joel Embiid instead. In the public trade saga that followed, it was clear both sides wanted out, but the Sixers were demanding a second-round pick.

Philadelphia ultimately needed to give up a pick of its own to facilitate the deal. However, the Sixers did get rid of Okafor’s and Stauskas’ contracts in exchange for Booker, a useful bench contributor whose deal expires this summer. That keeps the books clean for a potential run at LeBron James.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn continues to accumulate talented young pieces on the cheap. Okafor has proven to be a capable scorer, although his game needs to grow if he is to become a viable player in the long run. He will get that chance with the Nets.

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