Back in 2015, the Philadelphia 76ers were sitting in a tough position during the NBA Draft when Jahlil Okafor was the best player at No. 3, mainly because it was one of those situations in which they couldn't afford to pass on the former Duke star.
The Boston Celtics were nearly always mentioned in rumored deals for Okafor (then again, which rumors weren't they mentioned in the last few years?), and in a way, Thursday's trade will likely make Boston fans smile just a little bit. The Nets will also receive a 2019 second-round pick that originally belonged to the Knicks, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He gives the Nets' offense an interior presence they've lacked, and should see plenty of usage once he's up to speed - remember, he's played just 25 minutes this regular season.
As for whether the Sixers should be anxious about this trade coming back to haunt them down the road when considering the Nets are in the same division, well let's just say Okafor hasn't given the team any reason for panic.
Okafor publicly requested a trade or buyout on November 1 and the team declined his $6.3 million team option.
Okafor was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft.
Okafor, the third overall pick of the 2015 draft, was expected to be a linchpin of the Sixers' rebuilding process, but he has been grasping for minutes due to the strong play of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Robert Covington.