Sources: Free agent Okafor, Pelicans reach deal


Free-agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told ESPN.

A source told ESPN that Okafor’s deal includes a partial guarantee for the 2018-19 season and a team option for the following season.

Okafor, the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, will be joining his third team in six months — including Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

The Pelicans lost All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins in free agency and signed Lakers forward/center Julius Randle. Okafor has worked this summer to remake his jump shot, and will have the opportunity to earn minutes with the Pelicans.

Okafor, 22, made the NBA’s All-Rookie team in 2016, before his role increasingly diminished with the 76ers – leading to a trade to the Nets in February.

In limited minutes for the Nets, Okafor averaged 6.4 points a game. As a rookie with the Sixers in 2015-16, Okafor averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds.

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