Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Julius Randle Inks Two-Year, $18 Million Deal With Pelicans

Julius Randle Inks Two-Year, $18 Million Deal With Pelicans

Once the Lakers began signing Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee on Sunday night, Randle saw the writing on the wall in Los Angeles.

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers released Randle at his own request.

Cousins was in line for a max deal last season until he tore his achilles tendon while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Rondo gives the Lakers experience at point guard, where the Lakers relied on Ball, and even Ingram when Ball was injured.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Rondo has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pelicans lost Rajon Rondo to the Lakers earlier on Monday.

And now, ESPN report, they will bring in Rondo after confirming a deal for James yesterday.

It's unclear what Rondo's addition means for point guard Lonzo Ball, who started 50 of 52 games for the Lakers last season as a rookie. Unless Ball is traded away, he would most likely be demoted to a bench role with fellow youngsters Josh Hart and Moe Wagner.

Lakers are searching potential free agents this summer with San Antonio Spurs man Kawhi Leonard a rumoured key target. The four-time All-Star also won a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.

With free agency just one day in, the Los Angeles Lakers are clearly not done dealing. That cap space could increase to $16 million if the team uses the waive-and-stretch provision on Luol Deng, which would stretch out the $36 million owed to him over five seasons.

By renouncing their rights to Randle, the Lakers parted ways with their longest-tenured player. Randle was the seventh overall pick of the 2014 draft out of Kentucky.

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