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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’ Derrick Favors Posts Farewell to Jazz

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Pelicans’ Stanley Johnson Set to Hit Free Agency

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Stanley Johnson is set to hit free agency after the team declined to extend him a qualifying offer, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

By doing so, the Pelicans will have around $28 million in cap space as they enter free agency.

Johnson could be a target of teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Pelicans Pick Up Option on Jahlil Okafor

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The New Orleans Pelicans have picked up the option on center Jahlil Okafor for next season, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

The option will cost $1.7 million, and given the resurgent play of Okafor, who seemed headed for bust status prior to getting a chance in New Orleans, it’s an affordable price to pay.

Okafor really shined when he took over playing time from Anthony Davis last season and finished the year averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game

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