Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Randle becomes free agent, quickly joins Pelicans

Point guard Rajon Rondo Point guard Rajon Rondo
Domingo Copeland | 04 July, 2018, 01:15

Rondo spent last season at New Orleans Pelicans, signing a one-year deal 12 months ago.

The status of Julius Randle, who is a restricted free agent, appears in doubt. But if it anyone believed Johnson and Pelinka were done for the summer, they were sadly mistaken Monday, when ESPN was the first to report the Lakers dumped Randle and added Rondo.

The young power forward played extremely well in 2017-18 and likely could've been a good fit next to LeBron James.

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. Player option second year.

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Rondo, Stephenson and McGee are three of the NBA's most unique personalties, but from a basketball perspective, they don't drastically improve the Lakers beyond the potential trade value.

The unrestricted free agent agreed to the deal a day after free agent LeBron James chose to bolt from the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to join the Lakers. In doing so, it allowed Los Angeles to match any deal that the talented big man could sign elsewhere. This would change a bit if the Lakers were to trade for Kawhi Leonard, but L.A. would also have to trade salaries in that deal as well. That could signal that Pelicans free agent center and ex-Cat DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out. The Lakers did not reach the playoffs during his four seasons.

His stats as a starter: 18.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists on 56.0 percent shooting in 29.9 minutes per game.

Randle, 23, was originally drafted by the Lakers with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 draft.

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