The Lakers have made another big move this offseason. Los Angeles has renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent. Randle was supposed to be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Lakers could match any contract he was given and keep him.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news. It’s a big decision for the Lakers moving forward.
“The Lakers have renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent, league source tells ESPN,” he tweeted.
The Lakers have renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
It’s unclear what the market is like for Randle, who starred collegiately at Kentucky.
The young power forward played extremely well in 2017-18 and likely could’ve been a good fit next to LeBron James. It was reported earlier today that Randle was excited about the possibility of playing on the Lakers in 2018-19.
The Lakers, though, are trying to maintain cap flexibility moving forward. Randle would have cost a lot, unless they were able to get him to agree to a big one-year deal.
DeMarcus Cousins has been mentioned as a possibility for the Lakers, who might be interested in bringing him in. LeBron has previously said that he thinks he’s the best big man in the league. A LeBron-Boogie duo on the Lakers would surely be fun to watch.