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Pelicans’ Jahlil Okafor Impressing with Recent Play

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The New Orleans Pelicans may be reeling from the trade demand of superstar Anthony Davis, but the play of Jahlil Okafor has to be a silver lining in a sad situation.

Pelicans’ head coach Alvin Gentry, in particular, has taken notice of Okafor’s strong play taking over the starting job during Davis’ absence.

Okafor has posted strong numbers over the past 5 games as starting center, averaging 21.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per contest during that span.

“Well he just played — he’s been really good in what we’re trying to do,” Gentry said, according to Kyle Schnitzer of the New York Post. “It’s not like we’re just taking the ball and every time throwing it to him in the post. He’s been stepping out on the floor, screening. He’s done a great job of rolling in the pocket and catching the basketball.

“He’s done a really good job at taking his time and really kind of observing what is there for him and he’s done a really good job at reading the defense so we’re not force-feeding him or anything like that. He’s just doing a good job within the confines of what we’re trying to do, offensively, and getting himself in good situations.”

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Pelicans’ Julius Randle To Decline Player Option

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New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Julius Randle will decline his player option for the 2019-2020 season and hit the free agent market, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Randle would have collected more than $9 million next season if he opted to pick up the option.

Instead, Randle will hit the market where is expected to draw interest from teams such as the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns, among others.

Randle is coming off a career year in which he posted 21.4 points per game for New Orleans.

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NBA Trade Deadline

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February 7th, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET is the deadline for the 2019 NBA trade deadline. Fans and analysts all have their eyes on Anthony Davis. New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward, center Anthony Davis could possibly leave the Pelicans. The Los Angeles Lakers have been pushing to bring Davis to LA to join Lebron James. The New York Knicks have added themselves to be an option for the Davis trade.

According to Marc Stein article Knicks and Lakers Said to Be Top Destinations for Anthony Davis; “Anthony Davis has the Knicks on equal footing with the Los Angeles Lakers as he considers what teams he would be willing to join on a long -term deal after securing a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans”. The Knicks are an option for the Davis. 3 p.m. ET today will determine if Davis leaves or stays on New Orleans.

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Bucks Interested in Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic

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The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to boost their roster at the NBA trade deadline, and with a day to go they may have honed in on one particular player.

According to the Sporting News’ Mitch Lawrence, the Bucks are interested in acquiring New Orleans Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic.

Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season for New Orleans.

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