Stanley Johnson Won’t Receive QO From Pelicans

Not long after it was reported that the Pelicans opted not to extend a qualifying offer to Cheick Diallo, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium is now reporting that New Orleans will also decline to tender a QO to swingman Stanley Johnson. As a result, Johnson will become an UFA when free agency begins on June 30.

As Charania notes, the Pelicans will now have somewhere in the vicinity of $28MM in cap space this summer after renouncing Johnson’s cap hold. Johnson, who failed to meet starter criteria this past season, only had a QO worth $4,485,665, but as a former first-round pick, his cap hold would have cost the Pelicans $11,821,206 (i.e. 300% of his 2018/19 salary) in valuable cap space.

Johnson, 23, was drafted 8th overall by Detroit back in 2015 but has largely under performed his draft position during his first four seasons in the league. Expected to come in and fill a role as a 3-and-D guy, Johnson has only converted on 29.3% of his career three-point attempts. The Pistons traded him to New Orleans last season, where he only averaged 13.7 minutes per contest in 18 games with the Pelicans.

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13 thoughts on “Stanley Johnson Won’t Receive QO From Pelicans

  1. omar jimenez

    Talented guy who’s done nothing. Can’t shoot can’t score. He should be a more interior scorer but his dribbling and finishing suck

    • Chris

      What talent does he have then? Maybe he’s an athletic freak with no basketball talent

  2. Codeeg

    Pelicans sign Durant, sign and trade for Irving, and swap market rights with New York.
    The New York pelicans!

  3. L Lawliet

    Stanley might havr shot himself out of the league. Too bad kinda bad break coming in losing his mothet shortly after being drafted. Could have had an affect on his maturity issues with coach van gundy early on. But alot was his fault. Had the tools. Didnt take the maturity sacrifice didnt change his game enough to fit in withbthe pistons the only team really willing to give him a chance after his 2nd year.

    • formerlyz

      They kept hoping he could play that 3 position, but he’s obviously a 4. This dude never failed before. It’s a tough adjustment. I think I remember he was the only player to win state titles in all 4 years of high school, and then he played on a winner his 1 year in college.

      • jump shot

        No…. thats not a bad break. But having to come in as a rookie and having to perform at that level’s expectation after losing your mom is. You know what the comment meant. Its cold to attempt to twist it for the sake of sarcasm.

  4. formerlyz

    Maybe a reunion with his good friend Justise Winslow? Heat badly need help at the 4

  5. jirogers72

    Another great draft selection by SVG! How can someone with zero capability of evaluating talent still be on tv evaluating NBA teams. The only thing he knows is how to mid-manage cap money!

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