Okafor Finally Free
We all knew it could happen. One day, Jahlil Okafor was going to be on his way out. The Brooklyn Nets, a team in dire need of production from their front court, seemed like a suitable option for the former number three overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Today, the Nets and Philadelphia 76ers have come to terms on a deal sending Trevor Booker to Philly, in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a second-round pick. The pick originally belonged to the New York Knicks, and applies for the 2019 NBA Draft. Brooklyn guard Sean Kilpatrick would get cut from the team to make room for Stauskas.
The Nets added talent today. That’s what it’s been about since Sean Marks arrived in Brooklyn – talent acquisition mode. The Nets now roster the No. 2 and 3 picks from the 2015 draft (Russell, Okafor). This is an incredible feat considering their lack of assets before Marks arrived.
If anything, this confirms Marks’ desire to stay the course. This also lets the team develop as is, while adding talent along the way. A future core of Russell, LeVert, Hollis-Jefferson, Allen and Okafor is enticing, but it remains to be seen how each will be utilized moving forward.
An Allen/Okafor tandem could be trouble down the road for opponents. Allen is an elite rim-defender, while Okafor possesses plenty of low-post moves that can give the Nets added interior offense.
In regard to Stauskas, don’t be surprised to see him excel. Teammates with Caris LeVert in college, the former Michigan deadeye is a marksman from three-point range. He also possesses enough athleticism to effect the game in several ways. Joe Harris will surely take him under his wing. Teach em’ the ways, Joe.
Stay tuned for more details on the trade as they come. One thing is certain: Okafor and Stauskas will NOT play tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the game is taking place in Mexico.