Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Ex-Lakers center Julius Randle joining Pelicans on 2-year, $18M deal

Ex-Lakers center Julius Randle joining Pelicans on 2-year, $18M deal

The report also stated that Randle will have a player option in the second year of his deal. Randle was supposed to be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Lakers could match any contract he was given and keep him.

As it turns out, the answer was letting him go for nothing, as the Lakers renounced the young forward and let him become an unrestricted free agent.

The Lakers' locker room is going to be fascinating.

A Randle-Davis pairing will work similar to the Cousins-Davis pairing last season.

Randle averaged 16.1 points and eight rebounds in 2017-18. He averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists for New Orleans last season. Rondo led the Pelicans to a first-round Western Conference playoffs sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Another free-agent acquisition made by the Lakers since the signing of LeBron James is JaVale McGee.

James has been consulted on all of the Lakers' recent moves, according to ESPN.

Despite losing Randle's defensive abilities, the Lakers have managed to upgrade their defense in the past 48 hours. At any rate, should Zo get injured, the Lakers now have a solid point guard backup with Rondo.

Ball and Rondo, who appear to have redundant skill sets, are likely to compete for the starting position during camp, assuming the Lakers don't have plans to include Ball in a possible trade.

Rondo is coming off a stellar season with the Pelicans and showed that he can easily play side-by-side with another point guard, Jrue Holiday. "He's playing unbelievable basketball". The two did not play together at Kentucky, but both played their college ball under John Calipari.

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