He has increased both his scoring average and field goal percentage in each of the last three seasons, coming in at 16.1 a night on 55.8 per cent from the floor last season in 82 games for the Lakers. By signing Randle, it would appear that DeMarcus Cousins' time in New Orleans is through.
With the Lakers drafting 7-foot MI center Mo Wagner in addition to bringing in James, Randle was likely to find his role further reduced on a revamped Lakers team.
LeBron James is getting more and more new teammates by the day, with the latest reportedly being Rajon Rondo. While the Lakers have plenty of young talent, the team made a decision to add some veteran reinforcements in the form of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee. Randle is more of a ball-handler and off-the-dribble threat.
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However, the team the Lakers are assembling for 2018-19 is an odd fit - Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo are all Lakers next season, which is going to make for a "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" locker room. He also played for the Celtics when the Lakers won the 2009-10 championship over Boston in seven.
The Lakers have renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent, league source tells ESPN. Los Angeles can be patient, get the trade they want or add the free agents next summer, and in the meantime see which of their young core fits with that. The Lakers did not reach the playoffs during his four seasons.
Why? To free up the $12.5 million cap hold so they could chase other players and hand out slightly oversized one-year contracts. A LeBron-Boogie duo on the Lakers would surely be fun to watch. He was the No. 7 overall draft pick out of Kentucky in 2014 but played in only one game his rookie season before breaking a leg.