Jahlil Okafor asks 76ers to buy him out or trade him

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

The Philadelphia 76ers exercised four contract options on Tuesday but more noteworthy is that they passed on picking up center Jahlil Okafor's fourth-year option.

He also said he actually didn't want the team to pick up his $6.3 million option for 2018-19. "This is my life". This is my career, and I'm not getting an opportunity here, which is fine. Bryan didn't think that would be a good idea because he said that he'd be giving me away to a team for free. "I just want something to happen rather quickly".

In Neubeck's article about the Sixers declining to pick-up Okafor's option, a team source indicates that both sides are still working to find a trade that would be beneficial.

Okafor has only appeared in one game during this season, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds against the Toronto Raptors.

Jahlil Okafor wants the 76ers to trade him or buy him out.

"I've asked for a buyout", he said. "So I want to get on the court and play and produce". I know that's not being here.

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Imagine Al Horford at power forward and Okafor at center?

Okafor's situation led him to request a buyout, according to Rich Hoffman of The Athletic. "A buyout's not the only option". It's just, I want to get on the court. That's not happening here. That's all I wanted to do was just play.

Okafor's injury history and the perception that he is a defensive liability have a lot to do with why the Sixers have been unable to move him.

"There were definitely deals on the table", he said.

One would have assumed that they would have been eager to pick up his contract just to enhance his trade value. But at the same time, that's what teams were offering. "But that's where we stand today because you waited so long to trade me".

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. Now Sixers reporter Keith Pompey of Philly.com says the Celtics would be a likely landing spot for Okafor if he is bought out. I'm not playing here. "I'm healthy. I'm trying to get on the right path of my career".

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