Jahlil Okafor says he wants buyout or trade from 76ers

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Okafor would provide a low-post offensive option - and younger alternative - for Boston, which has Aron Baynes, Al Horford and Daniel Theis at center.

Okafor is looking forward to getting out of Philly as soon as possible.

"I'm unsure if I'm still on the team".

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.

It's been two weeks since the National Basketball Association season tipped off, so it's about time we get another story about a potential Jahlil Okafor-Philadelphia 76ers divorce, and reports of the Boston Celtics being interested in the big man's services.

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.

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"Honestly, I didn't want them to pick up my option", Okafor told reporters on Wednesday. I know that's not being here. "I was playing so I didn't really have any complaints".

"Bryan didn't think (a buyout) would be a great idea because he said he would be giving me away to a team for free. They're going to continue to do great things, but at the same time, I want to play".

Other teams - that don't care about winning this season and will have cap room next summer - are generally better of waiting to sign him then.

Okafor's situation led him to request a buyout, according to Rich Hoffman of The Athletic. "So I want to get on the court and play and produce".

"There were definitely deals on the table", he said. "But that's where we stand today, because he waited so long to trade me".

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. That's all I wanted to do was just play. "But I'm not getting that opportunity to play".