Sixers decline Jahlil Okafor's fourth-year option

"Because he said he would be giving me away to another team for free". The Celtics might want Okafor only after a buyout - i.e., if they don't have to surrender any assets to Philadelphia. Now I'm just in a position to where, how can I get on the court? That's not happening here.

But, if the Stevens can get him to commit on the defensive end, it could definitely strengthen Boston's front court.

Jahlil Okafor wants a speedy divorce from the 76ers and isn't getting it. However, his minutes and role has continued to decrease and this season he has played in just one game - at Toronto - where Joel Embiid did not play. 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.

"It could be a buyout, it could be a trade, I just want something to happen rather quickly", Okafor said.

The reserve center told team president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo on Tuesday that he wanted to be bought out of his contract. "That's why these past few weeks when we got asked the question about the rotation and stuff like that, I've been calm because I didn't think I would still be here today".

Okafor also believes that the team waited too long to try and move him in a trade.

Browns almost landed AJ McCarron from Bengals
McCarron before the deadline, but according to USA TODAY Sports , they did not call the league in time to complete the trade. In his lone playoff start, he completed 23-of-41 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Unless the 76ers are able to trade him, Okafor will become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Okafor's scoring numbers have gone down every year since he came into the league, largely because his playing time has been slashed as Embiid has gotten healthy.

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.

Okafor is averaging 10 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes per game this season. But here I am, November 1st I'm still here and looking to play somewhere.

Okafor is frustrated partly because, unlike Nerlens Noel, he remained a team player despite the squad's being overcrowded at center.

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