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Report: Jahlil Okafor may request buyout from Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers declined to pick up Jahlil Okafor's fourth-year option for $6.3 million yesterday, and today the No. 3 pick of the 2015 draft said that decision was the one he preferred.

Okafor's trade value has taken a massive hit with him not being on the floor, and with the 76ers declining the team option on his contract, it's unlikely any team makes a competitive offer on him knowing that he can walk right out and leave in the summer. The 21-year-old native of Fort Smith, Arkansas has missed 62 games in his first two seasons, including a two-game suspension by the team in his rookie year due getting involved in a Boston bar fight. Starter Joel Embiid hasn't been cleared to play on back-to-back nights, so he sat out that game.

The Toronto Raptors are a team with whom the Sixers had trade talks involving Okafor, but that deal did not materialize.

Okafor is looking forward to getting out of Philly as soon as possible. Now it's clear he's not in the teams' future plans, and he'd like a chance to play and prove himself somewhere else. According to Keith Smith of FanRag Sports, teams usually exercise all of their team options at once, but Okafor was not included in the group mentioned above. "They're going to continue to do great things, but at the same time, 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.

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"Honestly, I did not want them to pick up my option", Okafor told reporters Wednesday. I know a buyout is one of the options where I get an opportunity to play elsewhere and to get on the court.

Okafor also believes that the team waited too long to try and move him in a trade. However, they would only do it if Robert Covington was included in the trade.

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

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