2018 NBA free agency: Julius Randle, Pelicans agree to deal thanks to Anthony Davis' recruitment, report says

The Lakers renounced forward Julius Randle on Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent, and it didn't take him long to find a match. Randle has agreed to a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans worth $18 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Randle will have an option for the second season, and Wojnarowski adds that Anthony Davis was a key factor in bringing Randle to the Big Easy.

Randle can play power forward and center, so he replaces unrestricted free agent DeMarcus Cousins, who reportedly agreed to terms with the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

About an hour before news of the Randle agreement broke, the Pelicans lost last season's point guard when Rajon Rondo reportedly agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. New Orleans added point guard Elfrid Payton on Sunday, who now appears to be the heir apparent at starting point guard as the team looks to build off of last year's second-round playoff appearance.

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