Julius Randle is not picking up his player option

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The New Orleans Pelicans power forward Julius Randle will decline his $9 million player option for next year to become unrestricted free agent this summer.

Last season, the 24-year-old averaged 21.8 points, 3.1 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game, while shooting at 52.4 percent from the field.