Sixers decline Jahlil Okafor's fourth-year option

Sixers decline Jahlil Okafor's fourth-year option

According to reports, the 76ers will not pick up Okafor's fourth-year option, which would have earned him $6.3 million in the 2018-19 season.

The 21-year old forward averaged 17.5 points and 7 rebounds per game his rookie season in 2015-16 and was named to the league's All-Rookie team, but his minutes reduced from 30 per game to 22.7 last season, and he averaged 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Okafor, who has been the subject of numerous trade rumors over the past two seasons, has played in just one game this season. Okafor has barely played since the 76ers almost traded him at last year's deadline before the deal came apart, making for an awkward reunion. That's why the guys have been out there on social media, but I've just kind of been in the dark. The team looks great and I'm not a part fo that. "I talked to [general manager] Bryan [Colangelo] about that yesterday just because I want to play". However, when Okafor approached 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo about the idea of a buyout, Colangelo was reluctant, saying he did not want to give Okafor away for free. "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". The Celtics might want Okafor only after a buyout - i.e., if they don't have to surrender any assets to Philadelphia.

With the Sixers now 3-4 to begin the new season, it will be interesting to see what happens with Okafor.

Jahlil Okafor wants the 76ers to trade him or buy him out. I know a buyout is one of the options where I get an opportunity to play elsewhere and to get on the court.

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. In fact, they've reportedly been exploring trades since last season.

With Okafor requesting a buyout, President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo has now declined to comment on the team's decision.

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