Boston, Mass – Jahlil Okafor had his coming out party last night, scoring 26 points and snatching 7 rebounds in a 95-112 loss to the Boston Celtics, showcasing the offensive prowess that attracted so many teams to him in the NBA Draft.
76ers GM Sam Hinkie addressed the media after the game and was over the moon about Okafor’s performance.
“Jahlil showed everyone tonight why he had so much attention going into the 2015 draft. He absolutely dominated the low post and the center of the floor tonight, he was everything we expected and much, much more,” the beaming Hinkie said. “Which is why this next announcement is so hard for us to make.”
Hinkie revealed the 76ers traded Okafor after the game to the New York Knicks for center Lou Amundson and a second round pick in 2017.
“We think Lou will be able to pick up the slack for Okafor and that second round pick could turn into another great player,” Hinkie said. “It’s all about assets right now. Why, that second round pick could be the next Jahlil Okafor, you never know. We don’t know the future.”
Hinkie said Okafor just did not fit into the “process” for the 76ers. Hinkie also opened up to reporters about the process.
“He’s just too good. If we want an elite lottery pick in next year’s draft we can’t have players of his caliber on this team. Trust me, I know what I’m doing,” Hinkie said.
Hinkie said the 76ers would likely be in the market to sign Okafor in five to six years.