Julius Randle agrees to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans

The Lakers Have Renounced Julius Randle

Randle would have cost a lot, unless they were able to get him to agree to a big one-year deal. He played 52 games during his rookie season, averaging 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 34.2 minutes per game.

"Julius Randle has made it clear that I don't think he really wants to be back there", Aldridge said on Sunday.

Ball reportedly suffered torn meniscus in his left knee near the end of last season, but he is expected to be sound when training camp begins in September.

Why? To free up the $12.5 million cap hold so they could chase other players and hand out slightly oversized one-year contracts.

Rajon Rondo is teaming up with LeBron James.

Adding the 32-year-old Rondo makes for a unique situation as the Lakers selected point guard Lonzo Ball with the No.2 overall choice in the 2017 draft. Unless Ball is traded away, he would most likely be demoted to a bench role with fellow youngsters Josh Hart and Moe Wagner. The four-time All-Star also won a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.

Lakers are searching potential free agents this summer with San Antonio Spurs man Kawhi Leonard a rumoured key target.

Deng's $36 million salary would then be paid out over five seasons. That could signal that Pelicans free agent center and ex-Cat DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out. It was reported earlier today that Randle was excited about the possibility of playing on the Lakers in 2018-19. He had averages of 16.1 points, and 8.0 rebounds, per game. Brandon Ingram, 20, is now the longest-tenured Lakers player, having played a grand total of 138 games over two seasons since he was drafted out of Duke in 2016.

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