NBA Rumors: Lakers Never Made Offer To Julius Randle Despite Luke Walton’s Preference To Re-Sign Him
Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

When the Los Angeles Lakers signed LeBron James to a four-year, $154 million deal in free agency, there was an opportunity to re-sign Julius Randle as their next move.

However, the Lakers reportedly never made an offer and Randle’s agent, Aaron Mintz, eventually asked for his client to be renounced. Shortly after, they signed Rajon Rondo.

As Rondo has missed 34 games due to two hand surgeries, Randle is having a career season (21.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists) with the New Orleans Pelicans.

And had it been up to head coach Luke Walton and his coaching staff, the 24-year-old would have remained with the Lakers, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Even though the Lakers controlled Randle’s rights as a restricted free agent, L.A. never made an offer to him, sources told ESPN. This despite coach Luke Walton and his staff’s preference to keep Randle, as earlier reported by The Athletic and confirmed by ESPN.

As the former No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and prospect who officially started the team’s rebuilding process, Randle experienced his fair share of highs and lows. However, it all came together for Randle during his fourth — and eventually last — season.

Since the Lakers did not sign Paul George with their second max-contract slot, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka seemed intent on preserving that cap space for 2019 free agency. As a result, the Pelicans signed Randle to a two-year, $18 million deal which included a player option.

You May Also Like

Lakers Rumors: Knicks ‘Have No Interest’ In Bringing In Russell Westbrook

The Los Angeles Lakers will have a tough decision to make regarding Russell Westbrook’s future when the 2022 offseason comes…

NBA Rumors: Lakers Trade Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones To Wizards As Part Of Anthony Davis Deal

With free agency approaching on June 30, much of the attention has been on how much cap space the Los Angeles Lakers…

Lakers Rumors: X-Ray Negative For Michael Beasley, Not Expected To Miss Time

Having added several new players to their roster, training camp and the preseason loomed large for the Los Angeles…

Lakers Rumors: Kentucky’s John Calipari ‘No Shot’ To Become Lakers Coach

[new_royalslider id=”279″] The coaching search continues for the Los Angeles Lakers with…