Brooklyn Nets nearing deal for Jahlil Okafor

Doug Mendoza
December 8, 2017

In 18 games this season with the Nets he is averaging 10.1 points, 6.6, points, and 2.1 assists in 21.9 minutes per game in a mostly reserve role.

This marks the end of the 76ers' attempts to enter contract buyout discussions with the big man. Okafor has played in just two games this season.

Yes, Okafor was once the prized possession of the team but he has fallen out of the rotation thanks to Joel Embiid, Saric, Robert Covington, and Richaun Holmes.

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.

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The former Duke standout has averaged 14.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game during his three National Basketball Association seasons.

Once again, the Nets have picked up a talented player while giving up little. Second overall pick D'Angelo Russell was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason for Brook Lopez, and now the third overall pick in Jahlil Okafor is a Net as well.

Stauskas has played in six games for the 76ers on the year. Dario Saric is a starting POWER FORWARD and is the fourth string center.

Okafor, a former Duke star, should finally see the playing time he's been begging for since he was drafted. Okafor asked for a trade or a buyout, and the situation has dragged through the first two months of the National Basketball Association season.

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