Jahlil Okafor would welcome a trade or buyout from 76ers

Jahlil Okafor would welcome a trade or buyout from 76ers

Jahlil Okafor would welcome a trade or buyout from 76ers

After falling completely out of the young Philadelphia 76ers rotation, and after the team declined to pick up the fourth year option on his contract, Jahlil Okafor told Philadelphia's local media that he would like to either be traded or bought out.

Okafor was in line to make $6.3 million in what would be his fourth year, if the option had been picked up.

With Embiid out for the entirety of the 2015-16 season, Okafor was the leading scorer on a 10-win Sixers team as a rookie, averaging 17.5 points a game. Starter Joel Embiid hasn't been cleared to play on back-to-back nights, so he sat out that game. Okafor has barely played since the 76ers almost traded him at last year's deadline before the deal came apart, making for an awkward reunion. There's value in getting Okafor now, because the Celtics are trying to win now.

"I'm unsure if I'm still on the team". According to Keith Smith of FanRag Sports, teams usually exercise all of their team options at once, but Okafor was not included in the group mentioned above. "I just want something to happen rather quickly".

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The Inquirer reported that Colangelo declined to comment, but Okafor said Colangelo is the only front-office person he spoke to about a buyout.

"Honestly, I didn't want them to pick up my option", Okafor told reporters on Wednesday. "But that's where we stand today, because he waited so long to trade me. At the end of this season, I'm an unrestricted free agent". I know a buyout is one of the options where I get an opportunity to play elsewhere and to get on the court.

Alternatively, the Sixers, as Okafor said Colangelo mentioned, don't want to just buy him out and trade returns likely aren't very promising right now.

"A buyout or a trade", Okafor said. While Okafor has always offered an advanced offensive game in the post, his lack of defense and rim protection made him a tough fit in Brown's defensive-minded scheme. In fact, they've reportedly been exploring trades since last season.

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