Jahlil Okafor says he wants buyout or trade from 76ers

Okafor's future with Sixers even bleaker after Tuesday's decision

A day after the Philadelphia 76ers declined his fifth-year option, Jahlil Okafor wants out from the team.

Okafor will join Anthony Bennett (first overall pick in 2013) and Hasheem Thabeet (second overall pick in 2009) as other first-round picks in the top three that did not have their fourth-year options exercised. During that span, Okafor averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the floor and 68.6 percent from the free-throw line.

He's played in just one game this season, putting up 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in a lopsided loss to the Raptors.

According to Okafor, Colangelo denied his buyout request, telling the Duke product it would be "like giving me away to a team for free". "So I want to get on the court and play and produce".

Okafor is looking forward to getting out of Philly as soon as possible. The team looks great and I'm not a part fo that. "I had a talk with Bryan about that [Tuesday], just because I want to play".

Okafor said that after the Sixers declined his option, he told president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo he would like a buyout. "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".

He also said he actually didn't want the team to pick up his $6.3 million option for 2018-19.

Okafor would give the C's another low-post option - an offensive-minded one at that - to go with Al Horford, Aron Baynes and rookie Daniel Theis.

Okafor spoke to reporters about the decision fort he first time Wednesday, and he summed up his own unfortunate situation.

Still, Okafor said he wants to either be bought out or to be traded.

A buyout would allow the 21-year-old center to sign with any team that's interested in him, and last season, there was at least some interes5.

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