Jah is Free!
The Brooklyn Nets have traded Trevor Booker for Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a 2nd-round pick in 2019. Zach Lowe of ESPN and Shams Charania reported the news almost simultaneously ...
Philly will send Okafor, Nik Stauskas, and a second-round pick to Brooklyn for Trevor Booker, sources say.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) December 7, 2017
Philadelphia is nearing deal to send center Jahlil Okafor to Brooklyn in deal that involves forward Trevor Booker, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 7, 2017
The Nets will also receive a 2nd-round pick in 2019, originally from the Knicks.
Deal includes Sixers sending a 2019 second- round pick via Knicks to Nets, league source says. https://t.co/qNoL7TavR6— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 7, 2017
To make room for Okafor and Staukas, the Nets waived Sean Kilpatrick, the shooting guard who averaged nearly 13 points a game over two years in Brooklyn, but has dropped almost out of the rotation this season.
Sources: Brooklyn will receive the Knicks‘ 2019 second-round pick in deal, and release guard Sean Kilpatrick to create roster space for Okafor and Nik Stauskas.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 7, 2017
The Nets and 76ers made the deal official shortly after 6 p.m.
Said Sean Marks: “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."
Brett Brown, the Philly coach, added, ““I’m happy for Jahlil and Nik. They’re going into a good situation to get more of an opportunity to get on the court.”
Okafor, who turns 22 next week, was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, taken immediately after D’Angelo Russell. The 6’11” center has only suited up in two games for the Sixers this year, averaging five points in 12 minutes. He did average 17.5 points and seven rebounds in his rookie season.
Okafor has been open about his desire for Philly to move him, most recently stating this:
“I would like for them to just send me somewhere where I can get an opportunity. I’ve done everything they’ve asked of me and I would just like to get an opportunity to play with a trade or a buyout. I just hope something happens quickly.”
Okafor is reportedly happy with the trade.
Jahlil Okafor is "extremely" happy about the Brooklyn deal, source told @YahooSports. Opportunity to get minutes, develop in Nets program big.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) December 7, 2017
The 76ers had declined his fourth year rookie option in October and let it be known they were shopping him. But their failure to move Okafor led to “Free Jah” campaign by NBA players that produced t-shirts.
Okafor’s fall from grace had been due in part to the emergence of Joel Embiid, seen as a more prototypical big. Okafor was seen as an old school center with limited mobility, but he has recently been working on a three point shot and dropped 20 pounds. The Nets now have four players who can man the 5: Okafor, Timofey Mozgov, Tyler Zeller and Jarrett Allen, suggesting the Nets may not be done.
The Nets will also receive the 6’6” Stauskas who has suited up in only six games, averaging 7.5 minutes per game this season. He is 24-years-old and was taken with the eighth pick in the 2014 draft. He was a 36.8 percent 3-point shooter last season when he averaged 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 80 games, 27 of them starts. He saw his role diminish this season with Philly acquiring J.J. Redick. He is a Canadian citizen who played with Caris LeVert at Michigan. He’s still on his rookie contract.
The second rounder is a 2019 Knicks pick traded to the 76ers in a 2014 salary dump that permitted the Knicks to get rid of Travis Outlaw.
The Nets lose a solid role player in Trevor Booker, somebody who embraced Brooklyn’s culture. Kilpatrick was the first player Marks signed, shortly after arriving in Brooklyn in February 2016.
Shortly after the news broke, Booker tweeted out his appreciation...
It’s been real Brooklyn. Will always have nothing but love for you. Loved my time in New York!!!— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) December 7, 2017
The trade is basically cap neutral, with the Nets adding $300,000 in cap space, giving them close to $4 million. If another team picks up Kilpatrick’s $1.5 million deal, the Nets will get additional cap space.
It will significantly reduce the Nets average age. Booker just turned 30 and Kilpatrick is 27. Okafor turns 22 on December 15 and Staukas is 24. The trade gives the Nets the second and third picks in the 2015 NBA Draft in Russell, the No. 2 pick and Okafor the No. 3. They also have the 23rd pick from that draft, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
The deal does hamstring the Nets a bit if they want to re-sign Okafor at the end of this season. Under the CBA, the Nets can only pay him $6.2 million next year. Other teams can offer him whatever the want, but there will be few teams with enough cap space to take on big deals. But that’s a question for July.
- Sources: 76ers agree to trade Jahlil Okafor to Nets - Shams Charania - Yahoo! Sports
- Nets acquire center Jahlil Okafor in trade with 76ers - Zach Lowe - ESPN
- Sean Marks on acquiring Okafor (Video) - YES Network
- Kenny Atkinson on acquiring Okafor (Video) - YES Network
- Philadelphia 76ers trade Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas to Brooklyn Nets for Trevor Booker - Dan Gelston - AP
- Nets land Jahlil Okafor in stunning trade with 76ers - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets trade for Jahlil Okafor - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Nets acquire Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas from76ers for Trevor Booker - New York Daily News
- Trade Grades: Jahlil Okafor Is Finally Free from 'The Process' - Jeremy Woo - Sports Illustrated
- Trade grades: Can Jahlil Okafor resurrect his career with Nets? - Kevin Pelton - ESPN Insider
- NETS ACQUIRE JAHLIL OKAFOR FROM PHILADELPHIA - Tom Dowd - Brooklyn Nets
- Jahlil Okafor trade: 76ers get Trevor Booker from Brooklyn Nets, also give up Nik Stauskas - Keith Pompey - Philadelphia Inquirer
- Trevor Booker: Who is the forward the 76ers got in a trade for Jahlil Okafor? - Sarah Todd - Philadephia Inquirer