Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Sixers trade Okafor to Nets

Sixers trade Okafor to Nets

The Jahlil Okafor saga has come to an end.

Luckily, after all of the trade rumors dating back to last season, Philadelphia seems like they're finally going to get Okafor off their hands this week after a report claims the team is finalizing a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

The trade comes in after Okafor requested to be bought out from the 76ers but the team denied that request. Eventually. The 21-year old point guard is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and there's no timetable for his return.

Okafor, the No. 3 pick of the 2015 draft, was dropped from the rotation this year and has played in only two games.

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Okafor figures to see significant playing time for the Nets, whether it be as a starter or as a sixth or seventh man off the bench. That fits perfectly with Stauskas' game.

Stauskas, who was acquired by the 76ers from Sacramento in a 2015 trade, played in just six games this season due to an ankle injury.

With the Nets struggling to hit their three-point shots, ranking 24th in three-point percentage with 35.4 percent, Stauskas can earn his minutes by doing what he does best in knocking down threes. In his fourth season, the shooting guard is averaging 7.3 points in 22 minutes per game for his career.

Booker, 30, in his eighth year in the National Basketball Association, is a veteran power forward with an attractive expiring contract.

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