By Harry Allison
Sixers washout Jahlil Okafor has a new job.
And it’s in the NBA!
The Sixers’ top pick in 2015 and the No. 3 pick overall has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, ESPN has reported. The deal includes a partial guarantee for the 2018-19 season and a team option for the following season.
Okafor will be joining his third team since December — including the Sixers and Nets.
Okafor will theoretically be replacing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, who signed with the Warriors. 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 December.
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.