"Honestly, I did not want them to pick up my option", Okafor said at the team's shootaround Wednesday, via ESPN. But Okafor doesn't care how he leaves; he just wants to play somewhere else, even if that means getting traded before the National Basketball Association trade deadline in February. "I'll go to a Sixers event, smile, take pictures with the kids and stuff like that, but I'm still thinking, 'am I a part of this team?'" . "I just want something to happen rather quickly".
However, Pompey noted the Celtics "aren't willing to give up much" in a swap after the Sixers indicated Okafor isn't in their long-term plans when they declined his fourth-year option Tuesday.
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. His tenure with the 76ers has soured after an impressive rookie season in which he averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds.
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"I've asked for a buyout", he said. With Embiid's rise to prominence, Okafor has since been shuffled out of the lineup entirely - and he now just wants a chance to play somewhere else. I know that's not being here.
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"This is my life", Okafor said.
"There were definitely deals on the table", he said. "Bryan just didn't deem they were fair, which I understand, I'm a No. 3 pick [in 2015]". "But that's where we stand today, because he waited so long to trade me".
Okafor, who has been the subject of numerous trade rumors over the past two seasons, has played in just one game this season.
Other teams - that don't care about winning this season and will have cap room next summer - are generally better of waiting to sign him then.
Okafor called it "fine" that he's out of the rotation, but was adamant about wanting to play elsewhere. "I was playing so I didn't really have any complaints". That's all I wanted to do was just play.