Pelicans news: Julius Randle agrees to two-year, $18 million deal with New Orleans
The Los Angeles Lakers renounced the rights to Julius Randle on Monday afternoon after it became clear his role with the team would change, and not long after, Randle has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Free agent Julius Randle has agreed to a two-year, $18M deal with New Orleans, league sources tell ESPN. Player option second year.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
Earlier today, that Lakers announced their decision to renounce Randle, which meant that he could become an unrestricted free agent. Randle averaged 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 was 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.
Following those additions, Randle reportedly told the Lakers he would like to be renounced to pursue a different direction than the one the Lakers envisioned for him.
Randle joins a Pelicans team led by Anthony Davis. and were thought to sign DeMarcus Cousins, who is coming off of an Achilles tear late in the season.