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Jahlil Okafor Wants Out Of Philadelphia

02 November 2017, 01:05 | Nina Mathis

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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.

Okafor called it "fine" that he's out of the rotation, but was adamant about wanting to play elsewhere. The 76ers just need to find the team willing to take the risk and add the former Duke standout.

Earlier this week, Philadelphia chose to not pick up the fourth-year, $6.3 million option on Okafor's rookie deal, after having tried to trade him for some time.

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.

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

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"I've asked for a buyout", Okafor told reporters after practice on Wednesday. I know that's not being here. I'm not playing here.

"Bryan didn't think (a buyout) would be a great idea because he said he would be giving me away to a team for free. So I want to get on the court and play and produce". "I talked to [general manager] Bryan [Colangelo] about that yesterday just because I want to play".

With Okafor requesting a buyout, President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo has now declined to comment on the team's decision.

"There were definitely deals on the table", he said. But at the same time, that's what teams were offering. "Me and my agent started getting the hint they weren't going to offer more so it was whether you were going to make a move on it, or not, and you waited too long and now I'm here today". With his time reduced from 30 minutes per game to 22.7 last season, he slipped to 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

It will be interesting to see if the Bulls push for a deal to land Okafor before the end of the year or just try to outright sign him in free agency. "Am I really a part of this process?"



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