Boston Celtics rumors: 76ers center Jahil Okafor prime for the taking

Boston Celtics rumors: 76ers center Jahil Okafor prime for the taking

A day after the team declined to pick up his fourth-year player option for next season, Okafor was very clear on what he would like to happen.

Earlier this week, Philadelphia made a decision to not pick up the fourth-year, $6.3 million option on Okafor's rookie deal, after having tried to trade him for some time.

With Embiid out for the entirety of the 2015-16 season, Okafor was the leading scorer on a 10-win Sixers team as a rookie, averaging 17.5 points a game. "I had a talk with Bryan about that yesterday, just because I want to play".

With a buyout seemingly off the table for now, the Sixers figure to scan the trade market more as they hope to extract a few pennies on the dollar for a player who was once tabbed as a potential franchise cornerstone. Through seven games, the Duke product has seen the court just once. "I'm healthy. I'm trying to get on the right path of my career".

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"I honestly didn't want them to pick up my option", Okafor said (via Rich Hofmann of The Athletic).

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. "They're going to continue to do great things, but at the same time, I want to play".

Okafor is looking forward to getting out of Philly as soon as possible.

"Sometimes I do think it would be great to get a fresh start, be on a new team, new surroundings, new teammates". "But that's where we stand today because you waited so long to trade me".

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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.

"When I first got here, we weren't the best team".

Following a strong rookie season, it is an unfortunate situation for Okafor. Am I really a part of this process? Now Sixers reporter Keith Pompey of Philly.com says the Celtics would be a likely landing spot for Okafor if he is bought out. That's all I wanted to do was just play.

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