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.
Pelicans‘ Julius Randle is not picking up his $9M player option for next season and will enter unrestricted free agency, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Randle is coming off his best NBA season (21.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 34.4 percent from 3-point range on 195 attempts).
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2019
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.
DLO to PHX KYRIE TO BRKLYN JULIUS TO BRKLYN
— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) June 15, 2019