Julius Randle has yet to receive an offer from the Los Angeles Lakers but has excitement about the commitment the team received from LeBron James. Randle was supposed to be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Lakers could match any contract he was given and keep him.
The Lakers outbid the New Orleans Pelicans to snare Rondo and created more salary-cap flexibility by renouncing Randle, who quickly came to a two-year, $18 million deal with New Orleans, according to league sources.
By adding Rondo, the Lakers got a skilled ball handler and great defender who is not known as a great perimeter shooter.
Rondo, 32, was a member of the Celtics team that won the National Basketball Association championship in 2007-08, beating the Lakers in six games in the Finals. He also has played for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls. He averaged 8.3 points, 8.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 65 games for New Orleans last season. Los Angeles has renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent.
ESPN is reporting that DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins, one the best big men in the game is joining the reigning champion Golden State Warriors.
Randle, 23, was originally drafted by the Lakers with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 draft.
Randle only played 14 minutes during his rookie season because of a broken right leg he suffered in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets on opening night.