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02 November 2017, 01:02 | Marlene Fleming
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According to reports, the 76ers will not pick up Okafor's fourth-year option, which would have earned him $6.3 million in the 2018-19 season.
Okafor, 21, averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game his rookie season in 2015-16 and was named to the league's All-Rookie team.
Okafor is finally healthy, but has only played in one game this season. 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. Bryan didn't think that would be a good idea because he said that he'd be giving me away to a team for free. "I want to be on the court, that's pretty much it". I'm just anxious about my career.
"I'm unsure if I'm still on the team", he told Jordan Brenner of SB Nation earlier in October.
The Bulls have been linked to Okafor in the past as the big man reportedly preferred to be traded to Chicago if anywhere. So the fact that I know that at the end of the season I would at least have an opportunity to play elsewhere, that's great. But Okafor said the team has not engaged with him on that possibility. "Me and my agent started getting the hint they weren't going to offer more so it was whether you were going to make a move on it, or not, and you waited too long and now I'm here today". However, they would only do it if Robert Covington was included in the trade.
Okafor will now be on the trading block as he has been the past two years, and team president Bryan Colangelo will look to get something out of him before he is forced to either buy Okafor out, or lose him in free agency.
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