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76ers near Okafor deal with Nets

76ers near Okafor deal with Nets

A person familiar with the deal says the Philadelphia 76ers are set to trade beleaguered center Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets.

Okafor was the third player selected in the 2015 NBA Draft, but never lived up to expectations with the 76ers. Okafor has largely been considered a bust and he asked for a contract buyout once the Sixers declined to pick up his option.

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The Philadelphia 76ers are nearing agreement to trade Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Trevor Booker, league sources tell ESPN. Philly had to surrender what may be a decent second round pick but makes good with Okafor, who they essentially refused to play for most of the past year as they tried to trade him. The Sixers are undergoing a franchise renaissance, armed with young superstars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. He has only appeared in two games this season, averaging 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game. That fits perfectly with Stauskas' game. He averaged 10.1 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game in 18 games for the Nets this season.

Already loaded with forwards, Trevor Booker will have to find a way into the 76ers rotation. Dario Saric is now starting at power forward and Embiid at center, with Amir Johnson backing them up. Nik Stauskas has not fared much better this season averaging 0.7 points in 7.5 minutes a night across six games.


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