Rumor: Celtics interested in Jahlil Okafor

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

The former Duke star's days as a Sixer are numbered after the team declined to pick his fourth-year option, meaning Okafor will become a free agent at the end of the season if the team doesn't trade him.

The third pick of the 2015 draft can't get on the floor, playing in just one of the 76ers' first seven games, in which he scored 10 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes, and watching Philadelphia's storied "Process" play out with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid without him.

Despite appearing in just one game this season, Okafor should have some suitors - including the Boston Celtics, who would be able to take on his $4.99 million contract using the $8.4 million designated player exception it was granted earlier this season after Gordon Hayward's injury. The Sixers had looked to trade Okafor several times throughout his career.

"I only talked about it with Bryan and he just said that he felt that if he bought me out, another team would be getting me for free", Okafor said. "So I want to get on the court and play and produce". I'm just anxious about my career. But here I am, November 1st I'm still here and looking to play somewhere.

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"Honestly, I did not want them to pick up my option", Okafor said at the team's shootaround Wednesday. "I just want something to happen rather quickly".

Okafor confirmed that he asked team president Bryan Colangelo for a buyout, criticizing the team's decision to wait on trading him because his value is now low.

As well, Stein reports that Okafor is convinced workable trades for him have been on the table with the 76ers.

With Okafor requesting a buyout, President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo has now declined to comment on the team's decision. "I've been going through a lot since I've been here, so the fact that I know that at the end of the season that I'll at least have an opportunity to play elsewhere, that's great". However, they would only do it if Robert Covington was included in the trade.

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