• Another free agent in this loaded free agency class is Julius Randle.
Where is the big guy headed?
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Randle had a rough start to the season. Though he had lost a lot of weight going into this season, his game hadn’t really shown much improvement. Randle only averaged 11.4 PPG in the first 7 games of the season. He was even coming off the bench. It also didn’t help that Kyle Kuzma was showing off his skills as an up and coming scorer, as it showed that the Lakers has a load of power forwards and not enough playing time. This caused the Lakers to not offer him an extension and put questions as to where he would play next.
The Lakers again faced another year where they attempted to put Randle on the trade block. He obviously didn’t get traded, but instead had Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson make the shipment to Cleveland.
Randle eventually made the switch to center, playing a lot of his time as a smallball big. His tenacious defense, rebounding, and post presence provided a spark for the Lakers. His best month was in March, where in 15 games, Randle averaged 22.3 PPG and 9.9 RPG. Randle ended the season on a high note, showing that with the right role, he can do all the little things for the Lakers and can be a great player for whatever team he is on, as he is only 23.
Randle now enters this offseason as a restricted free agent. It is unclear whether the Lakers will pursue him to return, but they have the chance to match any offer nonetheless. As long as Randle stays in shape, he will be an athletic and lengthy defender for years to come and that’s a valuable option to have in today’s NBA.
Again, it all depends, however, on how much teams are willing to put on him. This brings another great question to a huge up and coming offseason. Do you think Randle will leave Los Angeles? Or is he a key part of the Lake Show?
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