Pelicans Exercise Team Option On Jahlil Okafor

3:27pm: The Pelicans have officially exercised Okafor’s team option, the team announced today in a press release.

11:24am: New Orleans will pick up its $1.7MM option on center Jahlil Okafor for next season, tweets Malika Andrews of ESPN.

The third overall pick in 2015, Okafor revived his career after signing with the Pelicans as a free agent last summer. He appeared in 59 games, starting 24, and averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per night. He impressed the coaching staff with his improved fitness and a commitment to defense, Andrews adds.

Okafor only has a $54K guarantee on next year’s contract, notes Bobby Marks of ESPN (Twitter link). He’ll have to remain on the roster through January 7 for it to become fully guaranteed.

Okafor is one of a handful of players with team options for 2019/20. The complete list is available here.

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11 thoughts on “Pelicans Exercise Team Option On Jahlil Okafor

  1. acarneglia

    Okafor and #4 for Covington, Saric, and #12

    Okafor ends up backing up his draft mate in Towns

  2. JonnyLucas

    Of course they picked up the option. He played really well for them, I thought. A pretty solid bounce back. He might get starter minutes this year.

    • x%sure

      Agree, he seemed to thrive in NOLA’s energy. Played fired up with effectiveness.

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