Philadelphia 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor has confirmed he is seeking a buyout of his contract, according to Philadelphia reporters.
The team did not exercise the option on Okafor’s contract prior to Tuesday’s deadline. He will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
“I was fine with that,” Okafor said, via Keith Pompey. “Honestly, I did not want them to pick up my option.”
Okafor added that he is ready to move on from the Sixers — who are hesitant to give him a buyout, simply because they would prefer to trade him and get a player or picks in return.
“This is my life,” Okafor said. “This is my career and I’m not getting an opportunity here, which is fine.”
Okafor is 6-foot-11 and was selected by the Sixers with the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2015. He has appeared in just one game this season.
“The team looks great and I’m not a part of that,” Okafor said. “I want the team to do great things, but at the same time I want to play.”
The Sixers have admittedly been trying to trade Okafor for several weeks, after unsuccessfully doing so last season.