Jahlil Okafor Wants a Buyout or a Trade

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Can you blame him?

Less than 24 hours after his fourth-year option was declined by the Sixers, Jahlil Okafor told reporters that he’d like to move on sooner rather than later, instead of riding the bench for the rest of the season.

The approach was always tricky. Picking up that option would lock a potential trade partner into a 6.3 million dollar salary next year. Declining the option would leave suitors with the threat of their new acquisition walking at the end of the year.

Okafor says he spoke to GM Bryan Colangelo about that issue:

“He said that he felt that if he bought me out, another team would be getting me for free,” Okafor said. “But that’s where we stand today because you waited so long to trade me. There’s nothing else to do. I’m not playing here and at the end of the season, I’m an unrestricted free agent. So I want to get on the court and play and produce.”

I wasn’t at Wednesday’s shootaround, but Okafor’s words seem very genuine and reasonable on paper. He’s handled the situation extremely well, considering the fact that he’s been essentially frozen out by the franchise that selected him third overall in the 2015 draft:

I’m not sure what else he can say beyond that. The situation appears to be amicable, but it makes you wonder what exactly the Sixers were asking for if they couldn’t get a trade done after more than a year of alleged shopping.

The worst case scenario for Okafor is that he sits on the bench all year, becomes an unrestricted free agent, and goes home to the Chicago Bulls. The best case scenario is that someone throws the Sixers a bone for a Jahlil trial run. I don’t know what value he has left, since most of it was already wiped out when he was left on the bench to begin the season. He played one game this year, the Toronto loss, in which the Sixers did not have Joel Embiid or Richaun Holmes available.

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9 Responses

    1. Okafor doesn’t suck as much as your mother does @ Kensington and Somerset but I agree, he sucks at being a quality starting center.

    2. I hear that guy who plays Will’s brother in Stranger Things is packing 9 inches.

  1. This is the same way the hall-of-fame career of Sixer Legend Hal Greer ended. This happened the year they went 9-73 (1972-73). He sat on the deep end of the bench, only playing during blowouts. Not a fitting way to go, either.

    1. The 1972 – 1973 season was the last year of then 36 years old Hal Greer’s illustrious career, where as 21 year old Jahlil Okafor’s career is just beginning, and so far, he’s been a total bust.

  2. Off topic, but what’s the deal with MM going on for days about the Eagles going to the superbowl and all fans must believe this or you’re not a good fan? I guess ratings as always. Wtf tho, it’s halfway through the season. Enjoy each week and don’t get ahead of yourselves.
    Ok, Eagles going to the superbowl, now what?

    1. It’s no different than his ex producer declaring that his show with Harry would not be like every other show in sports radio here in that they only talk Eagles. They’ll talk about all the sports teams here. Yeah right. But remember they are Philadelphia’s football station. They like to remind you every 10 minutes despite not having any rights to the games, coach interviews, or player interviews.

  3. He was never a good fit. Nothing he said is wrong. I think he can be a viable backup elsewhere if his D improves. It won’t get better if he never plays. Colangelo should have traded him last year. Messed this one up good. Too late now. Really should do the buyout and move forward.

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