Randle's rights were renounced earlier in the day by the Lakers, so the 23-year-old didn't need much time to make his decision. It's essentially a one-year stop for Randle, as the second year of the deal is a player option and he'll likely command a much larger contract next offseason when teams are expected to have much more cap space available. Either way, it's a solid landing spot for Randle, who should immediately slot in next to Anthony Davis in the frontcourt. Of course, that's under the assumption that DeMarcus Cousins won't be back with the team, which is still something to monitor for the time being. Randle averaged 16.1 points and 8.0 rebounds across 26.7 minutes last season and while his usage could take a hit playing alongside a superstar like Davis, his minutes shouldn't drastically change much, if at all. Nikola Mirotic should be Randle's only real threat to playing time.
Randle had his rights renounced by the Lakers on Monday and he's officially become an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Randle was previously tendered a qualifying offer, but that has since been rescinded, which means Randle is now able to sign wherever he pleases without the Lakers having the chance to match the offer. The 23-year-old power forward immediately becomes one of the more intriguing names in unrestricted free agency and he should have no troubles locking in a new lucrative deal. Randle played in all 82 games last season for the Lakers, averaging 16.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists across 26.7 minutes.
Randle started 49 games for the Lakers last season and took a massive leap in his ability to score the ball. He raised his field goal percentage from 48.8 percent to 58.8 percent and his points per game from 13.2 to 16.1, despite seeing about two fewer minutes on average. The fourth-year big man also continued to rebound the ball well, snagging 8.0 boards per game. In making Randle a restricted free agent, the Lakers can match any offer made by another team. Considering Randle is just 23 years old and has made tangible improvement every season, he could garner significant offers.
Randle finished with six points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes during Wednesday's 115-100 victory over the Clippers.
Randle saw limited playing time in the Lakers final game of the season and heads into the offseason with a tonne of confidence. After a slow start to the season where he was at one stage uncertain to remain on the roster, he flourished on the rebuilding squad, having himself a breakout season. Despite having some stat-set issues, Randle has been a constant double-double threat and arguably the most consistent player on the team.
Randle is expected to see only limited minutes in Wednesday's season finale against the Clippers, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
Randle played just 18 minutes during Tuesday's matchup with the Rockets, though he was still very effective and posted 17 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two steals. He'll likely see a similar workload Wednesday, though it's hard to see him matching Tuesday's extremely efficient stat line, so it'd be wise to avoid his situation for Wednesday's fantasy slate.
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