Jahlil Okafor Wants a Buyout or Trade From the Sixers

The 76ers declined to pick up Okafor's fourth-year option, which would have kept the center in Philadelphia through the 2018-19 campaign.

Earlier this week, Philadelphia made a decision to not pick up the fourth-year, $6.3 million option on Okafor's rookie deal, after having tried to trade him for some time.

Despite appearing in just one game this season, Okafor should have some suitors - including the Boston Celtics, who would be able to take on his $4.99 million contract using the $8.4 million designated player exception it was granted earlier this season after Gordon Hayward's injury.

The Sixers have been trying to trade Okafor for more than two seasons. "Let him go play somewhere" because I'm 21.

Okafor is looking forward to getting out of Philly as soon as possible. "I had a talk with (team president) Bryan (Colangelo) about that (Tuesday), just because I want to play".

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When Okafor was asked about the option not being picked up, he was honest and mature to reporters, but his transparency is one rarely seen in sports. "I want the team to do great things, but at the same time I want to play".

Okafor says that he didn't believe he'd still be with the Sixers when the deadline for his option came up.

Jahlil Okafor wants the 76ers to trade him or buy him out. "But that's where we stand today, because he waited so long to trade me". "I've been going through a lot since I've been here, so the fact that I know that at the end of the season that I'll at least have an opportunity to play elsewhere, that's great".

Other teams - that don't care about winning this season and will have cap room next summer - are generally better of waiting to sign him then.

In the present season, Okafor is again a favorite topic in National Basketball Association trade talks because he is no longer a part of 76ers head coach Brett Brown's rotation. As a result, the former third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft will become an unrestricted free agent following the season.

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