Julius Randle reportedly signs two-year, $18 million deal with Pelicans


As the Lakers continue to reshape their roster around LeBron James - keeping maximum flexibility going forward, although putting together an interesting mix of players that lack shooting - the Lakers made two fast moves Monday afternoon. Randle requested the move, according to a report from ESPN.

With Randle gone, the Lakers now have $5 million in cap room.

The deal will be for one year worth $9 million.

The Rondo addition, in particular, had the National Basketball Association world trying to make sense of the Lakers' plan. Rondo gives the Lakers experience at point guard, where the Lakers relied on Ball, and even Ingram when Ball was injured. Would this be a precursor to a trade that ends up with Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles? Pacific time and followed an interesting Monday of free agency action. Cousins is coming off a torn Achilles, but if and when he's healthy, he gives the Warriors a full set of five All-Stars in their starting lineup to combat whatever LeBron and the Lakers assemble.

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The 23-year-old has spent his entire career with the Lakers after being drafted No. 7 overall.

Randle averaged 16.1 points and eight rebounds in 2017-18. Brandon Ingram, 20, is now the longest-tenured Lakers player, having played a grand total of 138 games over two seasons since he was drafted out of Duke in 2016.

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.

It's unclear what the market is like for Randle, who starred collegiately at Kentucky.