Breaking: Jahlil Okafor Signs With New Orleans Pelicans
PHOTO CREDIT: BRAD PENNER-USA TODAY SPORTS
Former Brooklyn Nets center Jahlil Okafor and the New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly agreed to a deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. A source added that the deal includes a partially guaranteed portion this upcoming 2018-19 season and a team option for the 2019-20 campaign.
Apparently, Okafor had previously received interest from the Pelicans. As reported by Keith Smith, a close source to both parties said: "We almost got it done at the trade deadline a couple of years ago, but couldn't get it completed. Everyone is excited we could make this happen now."
After falling out of the Philadelphia 76ers rotation last season, Okafor was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. In 26 games as a Net, he averaged 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds on 56.6% shooting and 12.6 minutes per game.
With a style of play that does not suit most teams today, Okafor appeared to be out of the league. However, he has reportedly worked this summer to remake his jump shot. That should make him a playable face up center with post skills and a mid-range jumper.
Okafor will compete with the likes of Anthony Davis, Nikola Mirotic, and Julius Randle for a spot in the Pelicans’ big men depth chart.