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Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor Hoping Exit Happens Quickly

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Philadelphia 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor is sick of racking up DNPs and want a quick exit from the only team he has played for during his young NBA career.

The Sixers have stated that they plan on moving Okafor, who has notched 16 DNPs this season, but the process has been slow moving at best.

“I would like for them to just send me somewhere where I can get an opportunity,” Okafor said while speaking with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“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.”

Okafor understands it’s a business but wants an exit as soon as possible. Okafor doesn’t agree with how the Sixers have handled moving him.

“This is my third year in the NBA, and I know it’s a business,” Okafor stated.

“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.”

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76ers, Ben Simmons Agree to Contract Extension

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons have agreed to a five-year, $170 million contract, according to Simmons’ agent Rick Paul, via The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Sixers had extended a max contract offer to Simmons at the start of free agency, so the deal had been on the horizon for a while.

Simmons, 22, has been a franchise cornerstone for the Sixers, and averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game for Philadelphia last season.

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Cavs Expected to Waive and Stretch J.R. Smith

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to waive guard J.R. Smith after failing to find a suitable trade, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

According to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, the Cavs plan to stretch his contract over the next three years.

Smith played in only 11 games during the 2018-19 season as the Cavs veered towards a youth movement.

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76ers’ Re-Sign Mike Scott

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The Philadelphia 76ers have re-signed Mike Scott to a two-year, $9.8 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

“Mike epitomizes what Philadelphia loves – a fierce competitor with a tireless work ethic, who’s driven by the desire to win,” Sixers’ general manager Elton Brand said in a statement. “His toughness, grit and passion are palpable, as the city of Philadelphia has come to know. We are thrilled to have Mike back with the 76ers.”

Scott was a key reserve player for the 76ers last year, averaging 7.8 points per game.

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