Lakers Sign Rondo, Lose Randle In Flurry Of Free Agency Moves

Virginia Santiago
July 3, 2018

But if it anyone believed Johnson and Pelinka were done for the summer, they were sadly mistaken Monday, when ESPN was the first to report the Lakers dumped Randle and added Rondo.

LeBron James joining the LA Lakers has made the team THE destination for All-Star caliber National Basketball Association free agents. Instead, the Lakers renounced the rights to Randle, who was a restricted free agent, to free up enough cap space to come to an agreement on a one-year, $9 million deal with Rondo. Unless Ball is traded away, he would most likely be demoted to a bench role with fellow youngsters Josh Hart and Moe Wagner.

The 32-year-old most recently played for the New Orleans Pelicans and has proven to been one of the best passing point guards of his generation. He also played for the Celtics when the Lakers won the 2009-10 championship over Boston in seven. He spent 2017-2018 with the New Orleans Pelicans and averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists per game during the regular season.

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That ensured the Lakers reserved the right to match any offer sheet Randle would potentially sign with another team.

With a stellar rookie season behind him, Lonzo was looking to easily be the starting point guard for the Lakers.

Rondo is coming off a stellar season with the Pelicans and showed that he can easily play side-by-side with another point guard, Jrue Holiday. Not only are there questions surrounding how he will return from the achilles he tore in January, but analysts have also waffled on what type of contract they expect him to sign.

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Randle, 23, was the last player on the roster to have played with Kobe Bryant, who retired following the 2015-16 season.

Randle played in all 82 of L.A.'s games a year ago.

The former seventh overall pick would join a frontcourt rotation that includes All-NBA big man Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic.

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