Jahlil Okafor may request buyout from Philadelphia 76ers

Okafor says that he didn't believe he'd still be with the Sixers when the deadline for his option came up. "I'm not playing here and at the end of this season, I'm an unrestricted free agent".

Jahlil Okafor wants a speedy divorce from the 76ers and isn't getting it. 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.

Jahlil Okafor is taking his trade or buyout requests public, openly asking Philadelphia to let him start over somewhere else a day after the team declined to pick up his fourth-year option. Through seven games, the Duke product has seen the court just once. 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.

"Honestly, I did not want them to pick up my option", Okafor said at the team's shootaround Wednesday, via ESPN.

As well, Stein reports that Okafor is convinced workable trades for him have been on the table with the 76ers.

As the 76ers have rallied around and found some semblance of promise in their duo of Embiid and Ben Simmons, Okafor has played in just one game this season: 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes in a 34-point loss to Toronto. "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?'" . "They're going to continue to do great things, but at the same time, I want to play". "That's not happening here and I want to play".

But Philly never executed the trade and Okafor rejoined the team.

"It worked out for him", Okafor said. His season was cut short due to a knee injury, and by the start of the 2016-17 campaign, Okafor had lost his grip on the starting center spot. "I was fine with that". That's why I made such drastic changes this summer, just to get healthy and where I am today.

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