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Sixers trade Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets

Sixers trade Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets

The news was initially reported by Zach Lowe of ESPN.

The move will open up a roster spot for Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas, both acquired by the Nets in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

The trade comes in after Okafor requested to be bought out from the 76ers but the team denied that request. The Sixers get former Clemson forward Trevor Booker.

Okafor, who has played in just two games this season, said last month he had asked the 76ers for a buyout because he wants to find a team where he "can play". In 105 career games, Okafor is averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

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Okafor played just two games for the Sixers this season. He averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as a rookie but the 6-11 center saw the number and playing time decrease since his first year.

At minimum, starting or coming off the bench, Okafor should play a fair amount for the Nets. He will be a free agent following the 2017-18 season.

With the Nets struggling to hit their three-point shots, ranking 24th in three-point percentage with 35.4 percent, Stauskas can earn his minutes by doing what he does best in knocking down threes. After waiting for both to get healthy, Philly now sits in the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference and could make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-2012 season.