Jahlil Okafor begs off 76ers: Stop holding me hostage

02 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Anita Tucker

A day after the team declined to pick up his fourth-year player option for next season, Okafor was very clear on what he would like to happen.

Okafor has only appeared in one game for the Sixers this season, playing 22 minutes in a loss to the Raptors. "I want to be on the court, that's pretty much it".

The next turn for Okafor could come in the form of a buyout, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times.

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"So I want to get on the court and play after this". But Okafor doesn't care how he leaves; he just wants to play somewhere else, even if that means getting traded before the National Basketball Association trade deadline in February. The Celtics might want Okafor only after a buyout - i.e., if they don't have to surrender any assets to Philadelphia.

Jahlil Okafor told reporters Wednesday he would like to facilitate a move out of Philadelphia-whether it's through a buyout or a trade-and an Atlantic Division rival has reportedly already cropped up as a potential landing spot for the disgruntled center. "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".

The better question is whether Jahlil Okafor would be a fit for the Boston Celtics.

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"It worked out for him", Okafor said.

Okafor had a solid start in his first season in the league, averaging 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while being named to the league's All-Rookie team, before a knee injury cut his season short. But Okafor said the team has not engaged with him on that possibility.

Okafor was selected third overall in the 2015 draft, one pick ahead of Kristaps Porzingis, and joined a roster that already featured centers Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. But here I am, November 1st I'm still here and looking to play somewhere. "I'll go to a Sixers event, smile, take pictures with the kids and stuff like that, but I'm still thinking, 'am I a part of this team?'" .

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