Pelicans decline qualifying offer on Johnson

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The New Orleans Pelicans will not extend a qualifying offer to forward Stanley Johnson, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

Johnson, 23, averaged 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 69 games this past season. He appeared in just 18 games with the Pelicans following a trade with the Detroit Pistons. As Charania noted, Johnson is a strong defender who is likely to receive ample interest as an unrestricted free agent.

That said, overall, Johnson has not lived up to expectations after the Detroit Pistons chose him with the No. 8 overall draft pick in 2015.

The Pelicans also have declined the player option on big man Cheick Diallo, and big man Julius Randle opted out. Those decisions, along with the Johnson move, have given the Pelicans a little more than $28 million in available cap space.