Julius Randle, Pelicans Agree to Contract After 4 Seasons with Lakers

Julius Randle, Pelicans Agree to Contract After 4 Seasons with Lakers

Julius Randle, Pelicans Agree to Contract After 4 Seasons with Lakers

Just hours after the Los Angeles Lakers renounced his rights, the New Orleans Pelicans and forward Julius Randle have agreed to a two-year deal worth $18 million according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Randle was supposed to be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Lakers could match any contract he was given and keep him. Randle is more of a ball-handler and off-the-dribble threat.

The 32-year-old averaged 8.3 points, 8.2 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 63 regular season games.

The problem with the signings of Stephenson, McGree, and Rondo is that none of the players are particularly good, and the Lakers ate up valuable cap space to add them. He also has played for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls.


With a stellar rookie season behind him, Lonzo was looking to easily be the starting point guard for the Lakers. By signing Randle, it would appear that DeMarcus Cousins' time in New Orleans is through. Prior to James' arrival, Turner Sports' David Aldridge reported that Randle was not interested in remaining in Los Angeles, which selected him with the seventh pick out of Kentucky in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft. Randle would have cost a lot, unless they were able to get him to agree to a big one-year deal.

Randle averaged a career-high 16.1 points while also averaging 8.0 rebounds last season, playing in all 82 games.

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