76ers trading Jahlil Okafor to the Nets

76ers trading Jahlil Okafor to the Nets

76ers trading Jahlil Okafor to the Nets

Jahlil Okafor can take a deep breath.

In addition to the swapped players and the Knicks draft pick, the Nets will release guard Sean Kilpatrick to create a roster spot for Okafor as they settle their lineups for the season. The Nets fire off the second-most 3-point attempts per game in the National Basketball Association (33.9) behind only the Rockets (44.0). The Sixers free up cap space for this upcoming offseason by moving Stauskas asusming that they do not retain Booker's services beyond this season.

The asking price for Okafor had dropped severely since last season, so the Sixers snagging Booker in this deal could be viewed as a steal.

Philadelphia has excised Okafor from its rotation after declining their team option on him for next season, and Okafor's representatives have asked for a trade or a buyout. This trade allows the Sixers to (somewhat) save face following several ugly months of drama.

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The Nets have now acquired two of the top-3 picks of the 2015 draft in Okafor and D'Angelo Russell.

Booker, the 76ers' reward, was averaging just over 10 points and two assists in 18 games played this season.

Okafor is clearly gifted, though, and there indeed exists a world in which he'll carve out a meaningful National Basketball Association niche over the course of his career.

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