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Rumor: Julius Randle ‘made it clear’ he no longer wants to be in L.A.

Julius Randle has gone from comfortable asset to one of the best restricted free agent commodities in the market after taking a huge step up during the 2017-18 season.

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Texas native has “made it clear” that he no longer wants to be a part of the Los Angeles Lakers.

via Anthony Irwin of SB Nation’s Silver Screen & Roll:

“Julius Randle has made it clear that I don’t think he really wants to be back there, so are you putting money into a guy that doesn’t really want to be back there,” said Aldridge.

Randle had a rollercoaster road with the Lakers last season, starting as the third-string power forward, behind Larry Nance Jr. (the starter) and rookie Kyle Kuzma, due to Nance’s intangibles and Kuzma’s shooting prowess.

After a few injuries and a vital midseason trade, Randle regained his starting spot and averaged over 20 points per game since.

The Lakers don’t stand many chances to keep him, even if they wanted to, after offering a whopping $154 million to LeBron James over four years.

Los Angeles will have 72 hours to match any offer by outside bidding teams, but his agent; Aaron Mintz, is likely to draw some big offers for him after the Lakers traded his client D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets last offseason — while his other biggest client; Paul George, recently locked down a four-year agreement worth $137 million.