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Celtics Considered Most Likely Destination For Jahlil Okafor If Bought Out

02 November 2017

After the team opted not to exercise his fourth-year option, Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor said he wanted his time in Philadelphia to come to an end.

The Sixers on Tuesday declined Okafor's fourth-year option, which will make him a free agent after the season.

Okafor has had a less than stellar career thus far, averaging 14.7 points and 6 rebounds in his three-years with the 76ers.

He has played in only one game this season, as he has fallen behind on the depth chart and appears to be an afterthought in a Philadelphia big-man rotation that includes Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Amir Johnson and the injured Richaun Holmes.

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"He said that he felt that if he bought me out, another team would be getting me for free", Okafor said. It's just, I want to get on the court. The team looks great and I'm not a part fo that. "But that's pretty much where we stand right now", Okafor told reporters on Thursday (AEDT) at the team's shootaround. "I want the team to do great things, but at the same time I want to play".

Okafor's injury history and the perception that he is a defensive liability have a lot to do with why the Sixers have been unable to move him.

The Inquirer reported that Colangelo declined to comment, but Okafor said Colangelo is the only front-office person he spoke to about a buyout.

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.

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The Sixers have been trying to trade Okafor for more than two seasons.

"I didn't expect November 1st to hit, that I would be here", Okafor said.

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. He also said the team waited to long to deal him, turning down other offers.

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Celtics Considered Most Likely Destination For Jahlil Okafor If Bought Out