The Philadelphia 76ers are reaching an agreement to trade Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Trevor Booker, league sources tell ESPN.
The 76ers will also send guard Nik Stauskas to the Nets, sources said. The Nets will also receive a second-round pick in 2019 that originally belonged to the Knicks, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The deal will end with a deadlock between the Sixers and Okafor, as detailed by Wojnarowski.
Jahlil Okafor, sidelined by the resurgent 76ers as commercial calls continue to fall on deaf ears, says he understands that the NBA is a business. "But in my eyes," he adds, "I do not know if it's a good business."
Philadelphia eliminated Okafor from his rotation after rejecting his team option in for next season, and Okafor's representatives have requested an exchange or a buyout.
Okafor was the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft and made the first All-NBA Rookie team, but that has disappeared in the distance as he has played only two games this season. The Sixers are experiencing a rebirth of franchising, armed with young superstars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Okafor, meanwhile, has been left out, a victim of a process that has gone ahead without him.
"I would like them to send me to a place where I can have the opportunity," Okafor told ESPN in November. "I've done everything they asked me to do, and I'd like to have the opportunity to play with an exchange or a purchase, I just hope something happens quickly."
"I know it's a business, but in my eyes, I do not know if it's a good business. "
Booker, a seven-year veteran of Clemson, is averaging 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in 18 games.
Stauskas, who joined the Sixers in 2015 in a Sacramento trade averages less than 1 point per game. He has played in only six of the 23 games in Philadelphia this season.