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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’ Zion Williamson Happy to be with New Orleans

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New Orleans Pelicans’ rookie Zion Williamson is thrilled to have landed with the organization, believing that he ended up in the best situation to start his promising career.

“I couldn’t ask for a better situation. The Pelicans keep up the pace constantly, just the way I like it,” Williamson said, during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sportando).

“I am already working with members of the technical staff and the idea of running is emphasized in each exercise. I’m sure that our offensive schemes will allow me to be lethal from the next season.”

The Pelicans venture into the next season with a mix of young players, such as Williamson, and veteran players such as Jrue Holiday and J.J. Redick.

“It is essential to have veterans on whom to rely, not only on the floor but also in the locker room,” Williamson said. “They will be the mentors for the youngest, we will need their advice and their experience. But I am also very impressed by the talent of the youngest. I think we can compete for a championship. Yes, I am convinced that this team can have the NBA title as a goal. I know the complexity of the West. But I see it this way, I’d be lying if I said something different.”

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Pelicans’ Derrick Favors Posts Farewell to Jazz

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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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