Okafor asks Sixers for buyout

Sixers decline Jahlil Okafor's fourth-year option could still trade him before end of season

The former Duke star's days as a Sixer are numbered after the team declined to pick his fourth-year option, meaning Okafor will become a free agent at the end of the season if the team doesn't trade him.

Okafor's trade value has taken a massive hit with him not being on the floor, and with the 76ers declining the team option on his contract, it's unlikely any team makes a competitive offer on him knowing that he can walk right out and leave in the summer.

Okafor had a solid start in his first season in the league, averaging 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while being named to the league's All-Rookie team, before a knee injury cut his season short. Starter Joel Embiid hasn't been cleared to play on back-to-back nights, so he sat out that game. The Sixers had looked to trade Okafor several times throughout his career. "Because he said he would be giving me away to a team for free. I want to be on the court, that's pretty much it".

Okafor called it "fine" that he's out of the rotation, but was adamant about wanting to play elsewhere.

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"I'm unsure if I'm still on the team. I want the team to do great things, but at the same time I want to play".

The Inquirer reported that Colangelo declined to comment, but Okafor said Colangelo is the only front-office person he spoke to about a buyout. "But that's where we stand today because you waited so long to trade me".

"Honestly, I didn't want them to pick up my option", Okafor told reporters on Wednesday.

Okafor would give the C's another low-post option - an offensive-minded one at that - to go with Al Horford, Aron Baynes and rookie Daniel Theis.

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Not surprisingly, Philadelphia has had Okafor on the trade block for the past two seasons.

A buyout would allow the 21-year-old center to sign with any team that's interested in him, and last season, there was at least some interes5.

Jahlil Okafor badly wants a buyout from the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Boston Celtics are a possible destination for him if he receives it.

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