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.
Philly will send Okafor, Nik Stauskas, and a second-round pick to Brooklyn for Trevor Booker, sources say.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) December 7, 2017
It came 19 months too late, but the inevitable Jahlil Okafor trade has finally happened.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) December 7, 2017
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.”
Joel Embiid sent Jahlil Okafor some love, then sent some trash talk. 😂 pic.twitter.com/T70cRFEjWL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 8, 2017
Embiid: “I was really happy for Jahlil.” Noted Okafor is his close friend.
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBCS) December 7, 2017
Embiid on Noel: “Anytime I get a matchup to go one-on-one against him, I’m going to try to dunk on him.”
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 28, 2017
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.
Trevor Booker was dealt out of Brooklyn in the Jahlil Okafor trade, so it’s only right we bring this video back up. (2015) pic.twitter.com/CwzBcijnHv
— Timeless Sports (@timelesssports_) December 7, 2017