The Los Angeles Lakers renounced Julius Randle this afternoon, making him a free agent. It didn't take Randle long to find a new home.
The 23-year-old Randle has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is worth $18 million over two years.
Randle has a player option for the second year of his deal though, which means he could re-enter free agency next summer if he chooses.
The No. 7 overall pick of the Lakers out of Kentucky in 2014, Randle exhibited major improvement last season, posting some of the best numbers of his career.
He averaged a career-high 16.1 points per game, to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in only 26.7 minutes per game.
While in New Orleans, he'll get a chance to play with former Kentucky star Anthony Davis. "The Brow's" recruitment was a major selling point for Randle, according to Woj.
Ironically, Randle will get to play alongside Davis, and another Kentucky big man might be on his way to take Randle's place in LA. Many expect DeMarcus Cousins to sign with the Lakers, providing Los Angeles is able to make it work financially.