As is Sean Marks’ mantra, he’s willing to buy low for the sake of development. The general manager of the Brooklyn Nets has swung a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers for center Jahlil Okafor, according to ESPN.
In the deal, the Nets will also receive guard Nik Stauskas and a second-round draft pick, while the Sixers receive forward Trevor Booker. To facilitate the deal, the Nets will also waive guard Sean Kilpatrick. Yahoo! Sports broke the news.
The deal makes a lot of sense from the Nets’ standpoint, even though Okafor is in the final year of his deal. The Nets’ only real inside presence is rookie Jarrett Allen, who has played well but is still raw at the position.
Okafor will provide Brooklyn with interior scoring, and the coaching staff will work with him on the defensive end. He has played well against the Nets in recent years when the Sixers were still in their “Trust the Process” mode.
In addition, Marks has added some assets despite the presence of draft picks. With the deal, he has now added the Nos. 2 and 3 picks from the 2015 NBA Draft. During the summer, Marks traded Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.
Okafor will likely make more of an impact as the year goes on, as he has been out of Philadelphia’s rotation and will need to get up to speed with the Nets’ run-and-gun offense.
There is the possibility that Stauskas makes an impact in the deal, as well. Known for his shooting, Stauskas will have the green light in his minutes in Kenny Atkinson’s offense.
Keep it here on AXS.com for more NBA news and tickets to select games.