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Report: Celtics interested in acquiring Jahlil Okafor at discount

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Jahlil Okafor is still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, for now.

Okafor's request for a buyout was rejected by the Sixers on Tuesday, meaning Philadelphia will now look to trade the disgruntled reserve center.

The Boston Celtics have expressed the most interest in acquiring Okafor, but aren't willing to part with any key pieces in order to do so, according to Keith Pompey of Philly.com.

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Okafor's buyout request was denied by president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo after the executive decided not to pick up the 21-year-old's option for next season.

"Bryan didn't think (a buyout) would be a great idea," Okafor said Wednesday. "Because he said he would be giving me away to another team for free. But that's where we pretty much stand right now."

Okafor, the third-overall pick in the 2015 draft, has never lived up to expectations, largely due to a string of injuries, and a lack of playing time on a young, developing Sixers squad. The team signed Amir Johnson this past offseason to back up Joel Embiid at the center position, casting an even larger shadow on Okafor.

“This is my life,” Okafor said. “This is my career and I’m not getting an opportunity here, which is fine... The team looks great and I’m not a part of that. I want the team to do great things, but at the same time I want to play.”

Boston, which has an additional $8.4 million to spend on payroll after being granted an injury exemption in the wake of Gordon Hayward's devastating ankle injury, could definitely find a spot in its rotation for Okafor behind starter Al Horford. 

Okafor is averaging 10 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes per game this season.

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