Long wait over for Jahlil Okafor in move out of Philadelphia as Sixers agree to trade with Nets
Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas have been traded by the Sixers to the Nets. Photo from NBA.com/nets

JAHLIL Okafor got what he wanted on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) as the disgruntled 76ers big man was on his way out of Philadelphia.

The Sixers reportedly agreed to send Okafor, along with Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second round pick, in a trade to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Trevor Booker.

The deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania and ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

Nets general manager Sean Marks went on to confirm the move, adding that they also have requested waivers for guard Sean Kilpatrick to clear a roster spot.

“We are excited about the prospects of both Jahlil and Nik, as well as adding another future asset which will aid us in our continued roster development. This trade provides us with a good opportunity to bring in two young players who were high picks in recent drafts and give them a chance to succeed in our system,” Marks said in a statement.

“We would also like to thank Trevor, Sean and their families for all of their contributions to our team and the Brooklyn community.”

The third-year big man Okafor has career averages of 14.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 26.2 minutes per game. The No.3 pick in the 2015 draft made the All-Rookie team when he averaged 17.5 points, 7 rebounds, 1.2 blocks in his first season but has since found limited action in Philadelphia as backup to rising star Joel Embiid. This has prompted him to ask for a trade or buyout early in the season before the Sixers found a willing taker in the Nets.

The 24-year-old Stauskas, selected by the Sacramento Kings as the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft, has averaged 7.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in his career so far.

Meanwhile, the Sixers get a veteran forward in Booker who has put up 10.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 18 games (six starts) this season. 

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