Pelicans’ Okafor to miss time with sprained ankle

Former third overall draft pick Jahlil Okafor signed with the Pelicans in early August.

New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor has suffered a right ankle sprain that will cost him the next one-to-two weeks, the team announced in a news release.

Okafor suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Pelicans’ preseason game against the Chicago Bulls over the weekend. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday.

The former No. 3 overall draft pick signed a two-year contract with the Pelicans on Aug. 8. It’s been reported that just $500,000 of the deal is guaranteed.

Okafor is 6-foot-11 and was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015. He averaged 17.5 points during his rookie season, but fell out of favor with the organization and slid out of the rotation.

He finished last season with the Brooklyn Nets, appearing in 26 games and compiling averages of 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Okafor and Julius Randle are two free-agent signings and power forward/center types that the Pelicans hope can help replace the loss of DeMarcus Cousins, who took less money to join the Golden State Warriors.