Okafor-Pelicans agree on a deal
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says free-agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to join the New Orleans Pelicans.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced.
Philadelphia made Okafor the third overall pick out of Duke in the 2015 NBA draft. But Okafor’s production fell considerably last season from the nearly 15 points and six rebounds he averaged through his first two seasons with the 76ers.
He appeared in only two games with Philadelphia last season before being traded to Brooklyn, where he played about 13 minutes per game as a reserve, averaging 6.4 points.
The Pelicans have been seeking depth at center following DeMarcus Cousins’ departure in free agency for Golden State.
Recently acquired Julius Randle is expected to start at center. Anthony Davis also plays center in stints, but primarily plays power forward.