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Celtics most likely destination for Jahlil Okafor

02 November, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Rachael Silva
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The Philadelphia 76ers didn't pick up a fourth-year contract option for Jahlil Okafor, setting him up to hit free agency this offseason.

Earlier this week, Philadelphia made a decision 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.

Okafor averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in his rookie year before suffering a knee injury.

Okafor has only appeared in one game for the Sixers this season, playing 22 minutes in a loss to the Raptors. "I want the team to do great things, but at the same time I want to play".

Okafor got selected by the 76ers with the third-overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. But here I am, November 1st I'm still here and looking to play somewhere. "I talked to [general manager] Bryan [Colangelo] about that yesterday just because I want to play".


The Inquirer reported that Colangelo declined to comment, but Okafor said Colangelo is the only front-office person he spoke to about a buyout. Now Sixers reporter Keith Pompey of Philly.com says the Celtics would be a likely landing spot for Okafor if he is bought out. The Celtics might want Okafor only after a buyout - i.e., if they don't have to surrender any assets to Philadelphia.

"It could be a buyout, it could be a trade, I just want something to happen rather quickly", Okafor said. 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. 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.

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

76ers head coach Brett Brown said Okafor is out of the rotation and would have to earn the chance to leap other players ahead of him. However, they would only do it if Robert Covington was included in the trade.

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