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Alonzo Gee declines player option with Pelicans

Alonzo Gee declined his player option with the New Orleans Pelicans for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to a Sheridan Hoops report.

Gee, 29, averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 22.4 minutes per game in his first season with the Pelicans after signing as an unrestricted free agent last offseason. New Orleans’ multitude of injuries amid a disappointing 30-52 season forced the NBA journeyman into a career-high 38 starts before a ruptured right quad suffered on March 28 ended his season.

The defensive specialist was a career-high 51.8 percent from the field and ranked 18th among qualifying small forwards with a 0.76 defensive real plus-minus, but his career-low 28.3 percent from 3-point range allowed defenses to routinely sag off of him or ignore him altogether. All told, he ranked 56th among small forwards in real plus-minus, at minus-2.13.

Gee’s player option for next season was worth $1,379,400, just slightly more than the projected minimum salary ($1,315,448).

With the addition of Gee, the Pelicans now have six total unrestricted free agents this offseason: Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Norris Cole, James Ennis and Kendrick Perkins.

ESPN earlier reported that New Orleans tendered a qualifying offer to Tim Frazier, a late-season pickup, making him a restricted free agent. Ennis, who was added late in the season, was not given a qualifying offer, according to The New Orleans Advocate.