Julius Randle an unrestricted free agent after Lakers renounce his rights

Julius Randle an unrestricted free agent after Lakers renounce his rights

LeBron James' decision to join the Lakers marked an excellent start to Magic Johnson's plan to turn Los Angeles into a contender. Once the Lakers began signing Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee on Sunday night, Randle saw the writing on the wall in Los Angeles. Pacific time and followed an interesting Monday of free agency action.

"The Lakers have renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent, league source tells ESPN", he tweeted.

Naturally with such a bold move going down, everyone assumed a major move was on the horizon. The free-agent class of 2019 is projected to be deeper and more talented than this one (Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Karl-Anthony Towns and possibly Kevin Durant if he opts out of his existing deal), with the exception of James, of course. Or would the Lakers just do something flat-out weird.

They squash the mini-market franchises like New Orleans, which scrounges for bargain-bin free-agent castaways.

After spending the first four years of his career with the Lakers, Julius Randle will be heading to New Orleans on a two-year, $18 million deal to play with the Pelicans, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports. The players are nice in theory - Stephenson is a big, athletic ball-handler who can be a pest on defense; McGree is a rim-running, rim-protecting big man; Rondo is one of the smartest players in the National Basketball Association and one of the most gifted passers - but they have rarely ever fully utilized their skills, particularly in recent years.

Cristiano Ronaldo hailed after Edinson Cavani incident
He was part of the Portugal team that made the semi-finals in 2006, and now has faced round of 16 exits in both 2010 and 2018. Cavani then had to be helped off by Ronaldo before watching the rest of the game from the dugout with ice on a calf injury.

For the Lakers, the rebuilding process is effectively over after James agreed a four-year, $154 million contract.

Deng's $36 million salary would then be paid out over five seasons.

Los Angeles drafted Randle with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft.

By renouncing their rights to Randle, the Lakers parted ways with their longest-tenured player.

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