Report | 76ers to trade Jahlil Okafor to Nets

NBA - Nov 20, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (8) looks on from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Jahlil Okafor is finally getting what he’s long wanted. The Philadelphia 76ers will be sending a trade package revolving around the former No. 3 overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Trevor Booker, according to an initial report from ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

It speaks to Okafor’s diminished value in a league increasingly reliant on speed and space that the 76ers were forced to include a second-round sweetener to part with him. Stauskas, a former lottery pick himself, has fallen out of head coach Brett Brown’s rotation this season after the addition of J.J. Redick, health of Jerryd Bayless and improvement of players like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.

Okafor is clearly gifted, though, and there indeed exists a world in which he’ll carve out a meaningful NBA niche over the course of his career. Unfortunately, his slow feet, lack of shooting range and utter lack of defensive ability essentially ensure that the scope of his success – should it materialize at all, of course – will fall far short of the “superstar” label that’s accompanied him since high school.

Players of a similar ilk, like Greg Monroe and Al Jefferson, have recently made an impact coming off the bench to give second units some scoring punch. Unless Okafor stretches his range to the three-point line, that role is the likeliest one he’ll fill in the foreseeable future.

Booker, by the way, could help the 76ers. He’s a high-wire athlete with a never-ending motor, and has recently flashed a floor game that belies his longstanding reputation as a player only capable of doing dirty work.

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