Winners, Losers and Takeaways from 76ers-Nets Trade for Jahlil Okafor

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    Jahlil Okafor

    This couldn’t be any more obvious, since Jahlil Okafor was inextricably tethered to the Philadelphia 76ers’ bench before the Brooklyn Nets played Heracles to his Theseus (fortunately, no Peirithous exists in this mythological analogy). He’d suited up only twice during the 2017-18 campaign, as head coach Brett Brown decided not to play him in garbage-time situations “out of respect,” per’s Adrian Wojnarowski

    “FREE JAH,” Devin Booker yelled in a late-November tweet. The big man’s father wore the same message embroidered on his clothing to an actual Sixers game. 

    Jah has been freed. Rejoice. 

    Nik Stauskas

    The shooting guard’s situation may not have been nearly as dire, but he kept seeing his role diminished while he remained on the Philadelphia roster.

    During Nik Stauskas’ first season with the Sixers, he played 24.8 minutes per game, and that number actually swelled to 27.4 in 2016-17. But this year, he’s logged 7.5 minutes per contest and only made a half-dozen appearances. He just wasn’t a part of the rotation with J.J. Redick aboard and the Sixers making a push for inclusion in the Eastern Conference playoffs. 

    But now he, like Okafor, gets

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