The Pelicans exercised Okafor's team option for the 2019-20 season Thursday, Malika Andrews of reports.

Okafor was surprisingly productive during his tenure with the Pelicans last season and may have extended his NBA career as a result. At a cheap price, keeping Okafor was a no-brainer for New Orleans this season, and depending on what the team does this offseason, he could play a prominent role in the team's frontcourt this year.

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