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Report: Pelicans' Julius Randle declines player option, enters free agency

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While the New Orleans Pelicans’ future draft picks are currently sucking up all the intrigue, a former lottery pick on their roster is reportedly ready to make noise as a free agent.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, power forward Julius Randle will decline his player option for the upcoming season, becoming a free agent ahead of a wide-open class unexpectedly affected by injuries to two of its top talents in Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

Randle posted career-best numbers across the board last year with the Pelicans, a line boosted further still following Anthony Davis’ post-trade-demand minutes reduction. It was Randle’s first season topping 20 points per game and also his first attempting volume 3-pointers, not only tripling his previous high with 2.7 3-pointers attempted but also shooting a career-best 34.4 percent from distance.

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