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Julius Randle Will NOT Pick up His Player Option for Next Season, Set to Become Free Agent

(Photo via Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images North America)

(Photo via Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images North America)

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle will NOT pick up his $9 million player option for the 2019-20 season. He is now set to become an unrestricted free agent once free agency begins on June 30th.

Now that Anthony Davis has been shipped off to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pelicans are taking its new batch of “Baby Lakers” into a semi-rebuild. In addition to the likely No. 1 overall pick, Zion Williamson, and the No. 4 pick in the upcoming draft, the Pelicans are stocked with assets and a good amount of cap space.

Randle agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal last summer including a second-year player option with hopes he could break out in his first season with New Orleans. Several career highs and a 21.4 points per game average proved he made the proper bet on himself. Now, he can sign with any team this summer, ideally on a long term contract.

Get that money, Julius.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson recently predicted Randle to the Nets. We shall see.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

6 Comments for Julius Randle Will NOT Pick up His Player Option for Next Season, Set to Become Free Agent



  1. Catcasey1
    8:55 pm June 16, 2019 Permalink

    Go back to LA



  2. Gogh Big Bleu
    9:59 pm June 16, 2019 Permalink

    Would anyone kindly explain what picking up a player option means?



    • mashburnfan1
      10:23 pm June 16, 2019 Permalink

      Lots of times in a contract the final year will be a player or team option. What it means is the player or team has the option to play for that previously agreed amount or not. In this case it was a players option and Randle knows he can get more money as a FA so he declined the $9 million to become a FA. Had he played poorly all year he could have still made that 9 mil this year.
      The other side is a team option where is just the same except team has the choice. If this was the case The Pels would have taken that option and paid him 9 mil as it would be a bargain. Again if he played poorly they would decline the option. Hope that makes sense.



    • Gogh Big Bleu
      8:24 am June 17, 2019 Permalink

      Hey thanks for that explanation! I don’t understand this contract stuff and the terms aren’t exactly intuitive initially



    • cozbob
      4:06 pm June 17, 2019 Permalink

      The only reason I know is by playing NBA2K on PS4 lol