The New Orleans Pelicans have added another piece to their roster. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans and forward Jahlil Okafor have agreed to a deal.
Free agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a deal with New Orleans, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 8, 2018
Jahlil Okafor was the third pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Okafor. The forward out of Duke University was one of Philadelphia’s early picks during their rebuild. They drafted center Joel Embiid in 2014, but injuries prevented him from playing until 2016. Okafor, alongside Embiid were pieces of the 76ers core. The 76ers continued their rebuild with players such as Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz. However, Jahlil Okafor fell out of the mix. Injuries prevented him from being a factor in Philadelphia.
In March of his rookie season, Okafor was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a small tear of the meniscus in his right knee. In 2016-2017 , he was ruled out for the rest of the season with right knee soreness. Injuries have been a setback in his young career.
The Sixers traded Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets. They traded Okafor alongside Nik Stauskas in exchange for Trevor Booker. Okafor averaged 6.4 points per game with the Nets. He also only played 26 games.
Jahlil Okafor is only 22 years old. He still can contribute to a team, but his opportunities are winding down. The Pelicans could give Okafor an opportunity to prove himself, but this could be his final chance. In college, Okafor averaged 17.3 points in 32 games. He started in each of those games. Okafor had high expectations, but he hasn’t reached them. If the Pelicans deal works, this could be his moment.