Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Lakers Sign Rondo, Lose Randle In Flurry Of Free Agency Moves

Lakers Sign Rondo, Lose Randle In Flurry Of Free Agency Moves

Later in the day, Randle agreed on a two-year, $18 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, Rondo's former team.

Randle, a 6-9 big man, averaged a career-high 16.1 points along with eight rebounds and 2.6 assists per game last season while playing in all 82 games.

The status of Julius Randle, who is a restricted free agent, appears in doubt. The four-time All-Star and three-time National Basketball Association assist leader will follow JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and, of course, James among the Lakers' new recruits.

National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.

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

The point guard is the latest player to join forces with James.

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Randle played in all 82 of L.A.'s games past year.

Rondo considered remaining with the Pelicans before accepting the Lakers' offer.

The Pelicans were back in for the 32-year-old, creating more salary-cap flexibility as they confirmed the departure of Julius Randle.

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

However, with a minimum of effort, the Lakers could have a max deal available to lure top-tier free agents next summer. He also played for the Celtics when the Lakers won the 2009-10 championship over Boston in seven. A short time after, Cousins agreed to a one-year deal with the champion Golden State Warriors in one of the most shocking free agent moves in recent memory.

The Lakers, who secured a commitment from LeBron James on Sunday night, are rumored to have interest in Cousins, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

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