Jahlil Okafor Wants Out Of Philadelphia

02 November, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Sixers decline Jahlil Okafor's fourth-year option could still trade him before end of season

It's been two weeks since the National Basketball Association season tipped off, so it's about time we get another story about a potential Jahlil Okafor-Philadelphia 76ers divorce, and reports of the Boston Celtics being interested in the big man's services.

Okafor's request comes one day after the team announced it would not pick up the fourth-year option of his contract. "I actually didn't want them to pick up my option", said Okafor, via Hoffman. "This is my life".

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. In an offense where Okafor, Embiid, and C Nerlens Noel starred for the front court, the floor spacing was often cramped an uneven, which prompted the 76ers to reduce Okafor's minutes, leaving him as the odd man out. "Let him go play somewhere because I'm 21".

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"Bryan (Colangelo) didn't think [a buyout] would be a great idea", Okafor said. There's value in getting Okafor now, because the Celtics are trying to win now. He now joins a list of players that includes Anthony Bennet (2013) and Hasheem Thabeet (2009) as other first-round picks that did not have their fourth-year options exercised. So the fact that I know that at the end of the season I would at least have an opportunity to play elsewhere, that's great. "A buyout's not the only option". "I'm just in a position to where how can I just get on the court".

Okafor also believes that the team waited too long to try and move him in a trade. I'm just anxious about my career. The next time Okafor could play would be during the Sixers' next back-to-back (Nov 29-30), a situation Joel Embiid hasn't been cleared for yet.

"I'm playing Amir (Johnson) ahead of him and that's just the situation", Brown said October 27, per NBC Sports Philadelphia's Matt Bowker. I'm not playing here. That's why I made such drastic changes this summer, just to get healthy and where I am today.

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