Trade Grades: Jahlil Okafor Is Finally Free from ‘The Process’

While you were perusing Joel Embiid’s Instagram account, news broke Thursday afternoon that erstwhile Sixers center Jahlil Okafor, a casualty of The Process, has been freed from his seat on the Philadelphia bench. Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, will reportedly go to the Nets in a trade that sees Trevor Booker go to Philly, while Brooklyn also receives Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-rounder that belongs to the Knicks. The Nets will waive Sean Kilpatrick to make roster space.

Okafor’s career, obviously, is the big winner here, as he’ll get a chance to audition for teams before hitting free agency and potentially carve out a home for his next contract if all is simpatico. With that said, let’s examine how the Nets and Sixers made out.


This is a no-risk deal for the Nets. There’s really nothing bad about it for Brooklyn. While it feels like an eternity since he led Duke to a national title, Okafor turns 22 years old next week and remains one of the league’s more talented post scorers. While his defensive problems have rightfully called into doubt his ability to anchor a quality team on the inside, he’s gotten nothing close to a fair shake in Philadelphia over the last couple years. Okafor averaged 17.5 points per game and made

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