Jahlil Okafor Openly Requests Trade Or Buyout From 76ers, Wants Move 'Quickly'

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

The Sixers had looked to trade Okafor several times throughout his career. I want to play. Sources told ESPN last week that the Sixers were working to deal Okafor because he had fallen out of the rotation. "Honestly, I didn't want them to pick up my option". "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". That's why the guys have been out there on social media, but I've just kind of been in the dark. "I want the team to do great things, but at the same time I want to play". There's value in getting Okafor now, because the Celtics are trying to win now.

Okafor says that he didn't believe he'd still be with the Sixers when the deadline for his option came up. "Because he said he would be giving me away to a team for free". There's nothing else to do. Okafor is sick of watching from afar and doesn't want to wait for next year to showcase himself, because he now will be a free agent at the season's close. 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.

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.

It's a tough spot for Okafor. They also have low-end draft picks and young players to give Philadelphia.




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.

The Bulls have been linked to Okafor in the past as the big man reportedly preferred to be traded to Chicago if anywhere.

The options are limited, but there's no point in delaying the process with both sides so visibly unhappy.

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