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Kendall Stephens is exploring a transfer from Purdue, but his days with the Boilermakers aren't necessarily over.

Purdue head coach Matt Painter announced Thursday that he granted Stephens' request to be released from his scholarship so the senior-to-be could explore the possibility of a transfer.

Painter made a point of saying, though, that Stephens is still a member of the team and that he can return to the program.

“Kendall has asked for his release to explore the possibility of transferring, but he remains a member of our team and the door remains open for his return,” Painter said. “Right now, he is weighing his options.”

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Stephens — a St. Charles native and St. Charles East High School product — saw limited action this past season, taking a leave of absence during conference play after one of his childhood friends died. He appeared in just 24 of the team's 35 games. He played in just four of Purdue's final 15 games, scoring just three points during that span.

Stephens averaged 6.1 points per game after 8.7 points per game and eight points per game in the two seasons prior, respectively.

Purdue could have a very different looking group next season. A.J. Hammons, Rapheal Davis and Johnny Hill are all departing seniors, and Caleb Swanigan is testing the waters in regards to potentially entering his name into consideration for the NBA Draft. Stephens' potential departure would only add to that new-look team.