Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Jahlil Okafor Wants a Buyout or Trade From the Sixers

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The 76ers just need to find the team willing to take the risk and add the former Duke standout.

Jahlil Okafor badly wants a buyout from the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Boston Celtics are a possible destination for him if he receives it. His tenure with the 76ers has soured after an impressive rookie season in which he averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds.

"I've asked for a buyout", Okafor told reporters after practice on Wednesday. "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". "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".

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But Ainge has been unwilling to give up anything of real value (Marcus Smart or Terry Rozier), and this time sounds no different, as Keith Pompey of Philly.com is reporting the C's won't give up much for Okafor and are hoping for an eventual buyout. "I had a talk with [team president] Bryan [Colangelo] yesterday, just because I want to play". 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.

"There were definitely deals on the table", he said. "Bryan just didn't deem they were fair, which I understand, I'm a No. 3 pick [in 2015]". But at the same time, that's what teams were offering. 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.

"When I first got here, we weren't the best team". 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. "I was playing so I didn't really have any complaints".

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