The Sixers have been searching around the league for a trade partner and they finally found one willing to take Jahlil Okafor off their hands. According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to trade Okafor, Nik Stauskas, and a 2nd round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Trevor Booker.
While it is a bit risky to trade with a division rival, the return is a decent one. Booker is a solid NBA player who will provide hustle, energy, rebounding, and another veteran presence off of the bench. The Sixers have done a great job of adding a mix of veterans to balance out their young core. I believe that this deal is beneficial to both Okafor and the Sixers organization and here’s why:
The Sixers were finally able to find a trade partner and get something in return. The only other options would have been a buyout or letting Okafor ride the bench until he hits free agency. Both of those options would prevent the Sixers from getting anything back in return. The Sixers basically gave up two players that were riding the bench and a 2nd round pick for a good role player in Booker.
On the other side of the equation, Jahlil Okafor finally gets a much needed fresh start and is able to join a team that he should get playing time with. The trade is great for the Nets. They are getting two players that can be potential parts of their rebuild. Okafor will provide frontcourt depth to a young and rebuilding team while Stauskas will provide shooting off of the bench. The second round pick is also a valuable asset that can be used to find an overlooked talent. That pick can also be used in a trade package as well.
The Sixers are further along in their rebuilding path than the Nets and they have a clear direction on who they plan to build the team around. The franchise cornerstones are clearly Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Both players are once in a generation type talents that have rare skill sets for big men. The continued improvement and growth of other key frontcourt players like Dario Saric and Richaun Holmes made Okafor expendable. Bottom line, Okafor clearly was not part of this stage of “The Process.”
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