REPORT: Lakers renounce Julius Randle, making him unrestricted free agent
A day after the announcement that LeBron James would be joining the Los Angeles Lakers, the team has decided to renounce the rights to restricted free agent Julius Randle. This now means that Randle becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The Lakers have renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
From the beginning, it was unclear if the Lakers were going to re-sign Randle. Once the announcement to bring LeBron James into the fold became a reality, the odds of him coming back decreased a bit as well.
Randle improved his game last year, averaging 16.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game on 55.8 percent shooting. Unfortunately, the Lakers latest moves in agreeing to a one-year, $9 million deal with Rajon Rondo appear to hint that the team is ready to part with Randle.
Over the last couple of days, the Lakers have agreed to deals with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, former Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, former Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee, and former Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo.