Nets trade for Jahlil Okafor, reports say

Multiple media outlets reported Thursday afternoon that the 76ers and Brooklyn Nets agreed to a trade that sends Okafor, shooting guard Nik Stauskas and a second-round pick to the Nets.

The 76ers declined to exercise the option on Okafor's 2018-19 deal, which means he would hit free agency in July.

The Brooklyn Nets will release guard Sean Kilpatrick, reports The Vertical's Shams Charania. They're taking a flier that the up-tempo pace and Kenny Atkinson's coaching may help Stauskas turn into the offensive threat he was expected to become. 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). Trevor Booker's departure should also open up more frontcourt minutes for Okafor to potentially take advantage of.

Before joining the Nets last season Booker spent two seasons in Utah after playing his first four years in the National Basketball Association with the Wizards. This trade allows the Sixers to (somewhat) save face following several ugly months of drama.

Okafor, who was drafted third overall in the 2015 draft, has only played only two games this season and it was clear why he wanted out, mainly because his teammate Joel Embiid has been playing really well and is healthy.

Stauskas, who joined the Sixers in 2015 in a trade from Sacramento, is averaging less than 1 point per game. We'll see if Okafor can alter the course of his career with a new franchise.

  • Stacy Allen