After falling completely out of the young Philadelphia 76ers rotation, and after the team declined to pick up the fourth year option on his contract, Jahlil Okafor told Philadelphia's local media that he would like to either be traded or bought out.
The Sixers on Tuesday declined Okafor's fourth-year option, which will make him a free agent after the season.
Okafor had a solid start in his first season in the league, averaging 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while being named to the league's All-Rookie team, before a knee injury cut his season short.
Okafor has only appeared in one game for the Sixers this season, playing 22 minutes in a 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". Now I'm just in a position to where, how can I get on the court?
Okafor says that he didn't believe he'd still be with the Sixers when the deadline for his option came up. "But that's where we stand today, because he waited so long to trade me".
With the Sixers now 3-4 to begin the new season, it will be interesting to see what happens with Okafor.
"Honestly, I didn't want them to pick up my option", Okafor said, per Camerato. In fact, they've reportedly been exploring trades since last season.
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.
Jahlil Okafor badly wants a buyout from the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Boston Celtics are a possible destination for him if he receives it.
With Okafor requesting a buyout, President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo has now declined to comment on the team's decision.