The New Orleans Pelicans send Jahlil Okafor to the Sacramento Kings. The Sacramento Kings send Reggie Jackson to the New Orleans Pelicans.
I'm sorry Ms. Jackson... But I am for real.
It's already well known and reported that a key objective of the Kings this offseason was to vastly upgrade their front court presence to compete with some of the other Western powerhouses. What Pau brings in finesse and spacing Okafor now compliments with post scoring and strength under the rim. Okafor was the centrepiece of the New Orleans roster and was a top 10 centre in the league averaging 18.6 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.5 APG and 1.2 BPG. It was obvious they wanted to go in a different direction and a deal was made to send young combo guard Reggie Jackson over which in hindsight, now looks like a brilliant move with news of an unfortunate ACL injury to running mate Brandon Knight.
Reggie averaged 16.2 PPG, 7.4 APG and 3.2 RPG over 61 games for the Kings since being traded in the Mike Conley deal early last season. He was here only a short amount of time but his impact was great and pivotal during stretches in the post season especially, working in tandem with veteran Rajon Rondo providing offensive punch off the bench.
"I'm really grateful for the opportunity the Sacramento franchise gave me and the trust they showed for me to just go out and play my game. Our run was something special and in the end it didn't end how we wanted but it was a great experience... I'm really excited to take that to New Orleans and be a real leader to some of these young guys and hopefully we can build something here as well"- Reggie Jackson
Overal Jahlil does have some holes in his game and will surely be pushed by coaching staff and players to improve to earn his spot as it's not yet clear he would be starting on this team with James Johnson rumoured to be signing long term with the Kings. That being said he is still really young and the Kings are hoping he can develop into a real cornerstone of this team ushering in a younger generation.