03 July, 2018
New Orleans has been negotiating with unrestricted free agent DeMarcus Cousins in hopes of bringing him back on a new deal, but the Randle agreement may be an earlier indicator that the team is looking to move on from the four-time All-Star.
Free agent Julius Randle has agreed to a two-year, $18M deal with New Orleans, league sources tell ESPN. In the years since he left the team in the 2014-15 season, he's only spent one year with each subsequent squad. The 32-year-old National Basketball Association journeyman signed with the Lakers on July 2 after entering free agency following a one year stint with the New Orleans Pelicans.
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Ball and Rondo, who appear to have redundant skill sets, are likely to compete for the starting position during camp, assuming the Lakers don't have plans to include Ball in a possible trade. After all their moves Sunday and Monday, the Lakers have $5.6 million left under the salary cap, which could rule out another big free-agent signing. The Lakers did not reach the playoffs during his four seasons.
Rondo's contract is reportedly worth $9 million, per Marc J. Spears of ESPN. He had averages of 16.1 points, and 8.0 rebounds, per game.
Randle played in all 82 of L.A.'s games past year.
It's unclear what the market is like for Randle, who starred collegiately at Kentucky.