The Philadelphia 76ers traded center Jahlil Okafor, guard Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round draft pick to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday for forward Trevor Booker.
It is a long-awaited fresh start for Okafor, who had his request rejected earlier this season to have his contract bought out. The No. 3 overall pick in 2015, he has played in only two games this season, and none since Nov. 10.
Okafor would have earned $6.3 million next season had the team picked up his fourth-year option. He averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a rookie, and was named to the All-Rookie team before a season-ending knee injury. However, his average minutes per game dropped to 22.7 last season as Philadelphia struggled to find the right big-man mix with Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel. Noel openly criticized the franchise and was traded.
The Sixers declined to pick up the 2018-19 option on Okafor’s contract, and president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo had been unable to find a trade that he felt presented fair value util Thursday.
Booker is a 6-foot-10 forward in his eighth NBA season. He is averaging a career-best 10.1 points per game this season, and has averaged 10.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 89 games since signing with Brooklyn in 2016.
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
“Trevor Booker has been a solid and competitive two-way contributor at every NBA stop. Trevor’s abilities should complement our style of play and his experience should add to our bench depth with playoff contention in mind,” said Colangelo. “Jahlil and Nik are both quality young men with talent that should keep them productive in this league a long time. We hope they find more opportunity in Brooklyn this season and thank them for their contributions over the past few years.”
Stauskas was the eighth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2014 and was acquired by the Sixers the following summer. He averaged 8.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 159 games with Philadelphia, including 62 starts.