The long-awaited Jahlil Okafor trade has finally gone down. Instead, Philadelphia wanted to get something in return for the 21-year-old big man.
In Brooklyn, Okafor will get the chance to team up with the player who was selected before him in the 2015 Draft, D'Angelo Russell. The Mississauga, Ont. native has only played in six games this season averaging under a point per game on 25 per cent shooting.
A first-team All-NBA Rookie team member following the 2015-16 season, Okafor averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 30 minutes a night in 53 games during his rookie season. It will be interesting to see how he will fit with this Nets team.
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. He's averaging just 12.5 minutes per game this season, and it was clear long ago that he wouldn't be a part of the 76ers' long-term plans. Guards T.J. McConnell, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, and Jerryd Bayless were the main options 76ers' head coach Brett Brown made a decision to go with.
Booker, 30, in his eighth year in the National Basketball Association, is a veteran power forward with an attractive expiring contract.