Joel Embiid Has The Best Reaction To The Jahlil Okafor Trade

Bryan Brandom
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Joel Embiid beat out two other guys to become the clear-cut franchise center of the Philadelphia 76ers, and according to big man, he’ll continue to haunt those former teammates for the rest of their careers.

Even though he loves them.

On Thursday, the Sixers traded Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets, along with Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round pick, for veteran big Trevor Booker.

As he does with most things, Embiid had a delightful reaction to the news.

“New beginnings, love you, good luck,” Embiid told reporters of his conversation with Okafor. “And I made sure to let him know that I was going to kick his ass for the next … I don’t know, we play [the Nets] four times a year, so I made sure to let him know that every year, four times, I’m gonna kick his ass.”

He gave Nerlens Noel, another center formerly buried beneath Embiid on the depth chart, similar treatment when Noel was shipped to the Dallas Mavericks last season.

In Okafor, the Nets get a former third overall pick, who was selected high for a reason—his size and potential dominance on the low block. Unfortunately, he hasn’t shown much else in any key facets of centerdom

In Booker, the Sixers get a veteran grinder, who can also do this when needed.