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Isaiah Thomas criticises Philadelphia 76ers for treatment of Jahlil Okafor

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Jahlil Okafor's career with the Philadelphia 76ers has been a disastrous one and he's now seeking to force his way out of the franchise and start again elsewhere.

The Sixers declined to pick up the fourth year option on Okafor's deal this week and the player is determined to secure a trade or a buyout and look to prove that he belongs in the league by showcasing his skills for another team.

"Honestly, I didn't want them to pick up my option," he told NBC Sports' Jessica Camerato. "I've been going through a lot since I've been here."

The center may not have many supporters within the 76ers front office but he does have people outside of the organisation who are in his corner, including some of his peers.

Cleveland Cavaliers star Isaiah Thomas took to social media to express his support for Okafor and hit out at Philadelphia for their treatment of the big man.

He posted: "Man they acting like @JahlilOkafor don’t got game. Let the man go and rock out for somebody else! Crazy how they doing him."

Thomas, who is currently out nursing a hip injury, knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity to become a star in the NBA. 

Unlike Okafor, who was the number three pick in the 2015 draft, the 28-year-old was the last pick in his 2011 class and blossomed into one of the best point guards in the league. 

After spending time with the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, it wasn't until IT joined the Boston Celtics that he showed his quality, becoming a two-time All-Star and All-NBA player.

The challenge for Okafor is to now find the right situation for his career and find the right fit to develop into a productive player. 

Philadelphia 76ers v Indiana Pacers

At 21, he still has his best years ahead of him despite three turbulent seasons spent in Philadelphia. 

There's no doubt that he has talent as he averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds per game in his rookie year. 

Coincidentally, the Celtics are reportedly interested in acquiring Okafor but only if it's at a minimal cost. 

His big presence and low-post scoring ability could be useful to the C's as they aim to bolster their squad and compete for a championship.

Philadelphia 76ers v Charlotte Hornets

A trade seems like the likeliest scenario for the player as the Sixers have reportedly shown little interest in negotiating a buyout with the 6'11" big.

His stint with Philly has turned messy and it's certainly in the best interests of both parties to go their separate ways as soon as possible.

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