Jahlil Okafor could join Celtics if bought out by 76ers

Sheri Evans
November 2, 2017

He now joins a list of players that includes Anthony Bennet (2013) and Hasheem Thabeet (2009) as other first-round picks that did not have their fourth-year options exercised. I'm just anxious about my career. "I had a talk with (team president) Bryan (Colangelo) about that (Tuesday), just because I want to play".

Philadelphia 76ers C Jahlil Okafor has requested a trade or buyout from the team. A promising rookie season in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game was soured by off-court issues and a meniscus injury that ended his season prematurely. "Honestly, I didn't want them to pick up my option". 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. I'm not playing here.

More news: Nationals to hire Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez as next manager

The next turn for Okafor could come in the form of a buyout, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times. That's why the guys have been out there on social media, but I've just kind of been in the dark. With Embiid's rise to prominence, Okafor has since been shuffled out of the lineup entirely - and he now just wants a chance to play somewhere else. "But Bryan didn't think that would be a good idea because he said then they would be giving me away to a team for free, but that's pretty much where we stand right now".

"There were definitely deals on the table", he said. As a result, the former third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft will become an unrestricted free agent following the season. 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. In an offense where Okafor, Embiid, and C Nerlens Noel starred for the front court, the floor spacing was often cramped an uneven, which prompted the 76ers to reduce Okafor's minutes, leaving him as the odd man out. "Am I really a part of this process?" That's why I made such drastic changes this summer, just to get healthy and where I am today.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

Discuss This Article