Okafor talks Sixers, who still prefer trade over buyout

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Philadelphia 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor informed the franchise in early November he wanted to be bought out or traded.

Almost a month has passed since then and Okafor is still on the team, riding the bench as he patiently waits for general manager Bryan Colangelo to strike a deal which will get him out of Philadelphia.

The Sixers and Okafor’s camp were reportedly working together to find a solution which would accommodate both sides. Colangelo rejected Okafor’s initial buyout request after the Sixers were unable to trade Okafor ahead of the deadline on rookie scale options.

According to a report by ESPN, Colangelo's asking price has steadily dropped for Okafor and he's only seeking a second-round pick in return for the center from Duke. Colangelo is holding out the possibility that Okafor's $5 million salary could be packaged as part of a bigger deal before the Feb. 9 trade deadline, per ESPN.

Okafor spoke to ESPN about his situation and is clearly disappointed with the whole process. The Chicago native just wants to play ball.

"I would like for them [Sixers] to just send me somewhere where I can get an opportunity," Okafor told ESPN. "I've done everything they've asked of me and I would just like to get an opportunity to play with a trade or a buyout. I just hope something happens quickly.

"This is my third year in the NBA, and I know it's a business. I don't know if it's fair or not, but in talking to other people in the NBA, talking to retired players, one thing I've heard them say is that what's going on with me isn't right and they've never seen anything like this before. I know it's business, but in my eyes, I don't know if it's good business. This really sucks. I want to play ball."

Okafor, 21, was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft and has career averages of 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds.