Jahlil Okafor is without a team again. Atlanta, the team that signed him in mid-September with a non-guaranteed contract, has decided to cut him one week before the start of the regular season 2021-22.
The Hawks’ determination is far from a surprise. The 25-year-old center has been around the NBA for some time without establishing himself anywhere. Last season he spent at the Detroit Pistons to play only 27 games and averaged 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. From there he went to Brooklyn this summer, which cut him off almost immediately. In Atlanta it has lasted a little less than a month.
Now a new stage of uncertainty opens for Okafor. Despite the fact that no one has doubted his talent in these years, the teams seem to have lost confidence in him moving onto the field, so seeing him with a guaranteed deal at this point seems complicated. Time to make the leap abroad? Maybe.
Regarding the team, the Georgia franchise still has quite a few decisions to make. They currently have 19 players under contract, although only 14 of them are guaranteed. The 15th place could be for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, DaQuan Jeffries or another member of the current roster that has not yet secured its place.
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