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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Should Randle Surgery Cause Stock Drop?

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Since the Lakers ended up with the seventh pick overall in the draft, there have been a few different prospects linked to them. Noah Vonleh, Marcus Smart, and Aaron Gordon are all possibilities, but one constant has been Kentucky power forward Julius Randle.

Randle, by all accounts, is one of the five best prospects in this draft and the Lakers getting him at seven would be a steal. Unfortunately, news recently came out that Randle could need surgery on a broken foot that didn’t heal properly.

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Randle denied these claims himself, but it still could worry some teams if Randle has recurring foot issues. The Lakers, especially, have dealt with a plethora of injuries over the past two seasons. Could something like this change their view on a top prospect?

It should also be noted that should Randle need the surgery, he would only be out for 2-3 months, and likely will be ready for training camp. So with that said, we asked our panel of experts, if Julius Randle does need surgery for a foot injury, does that drop his stock in your eyes? This is what they had to say:

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): Julius Randle potentially needing surgery could make him available at seven. Despite that fact, I believe the Los Angeles Lakers should stay away from the Kentucky standout after news of this foot injury.

Much like with Joel Embiid (back), injuries this early may be a sign of things to come and the last thing the Lakers need at this point is a lottery pick that doesn’t pan out due to injury problems.

Randle is a solid player with a skill set that may transcend to the NBA level. Slightly undersized for his position at 6’9″, but chances are favorable that Randle could be a force to be reckoned with.

At this point in time, I’m in favor of the Lakers selecting Aaron Gordon with the seventh pick or making a trade to bring in a proven veteran to help bolster the frontcourt.

Suki Thind (@TheRealSuki): I don’t believe it drops his stock — at least not much, anyway. Unless a team is looking for him to make an immediate impact and play in the regular rotation off the bat, then his value shouldn’t go down. He’s obviously young enough to where most surgeries wouldn’t be much of a setback in his career, either.

He’ll certainly miss out on being able to improve in summer league, but if he misses time in training camp and/or the preseason, he’ll be missing out on a valuable portion of his professional learning curve.

However, sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise when young players have to sit back and observe the game, as they’re able to see the game from a different perspective — more specifically the perspective of their new coaches.

The bottom line, though, is that I don’t anticipate his stock dropping if he ends up needing foot surgery.

Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH): The possibility of a foot surgery definitely worries me, especially from a big man like Julius Randle. But Randle has too many positives going his way for that to make me want to pass him up at seven.

If the surgery were to knock him out for longer than I might be more inclined to pass, but he would likely be ready by training camp.

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Randle is one of my favorite prospects in the draft. A brute at the power forward position with an NBA-ready body and the ability to score and rebound on the block. With the Lakers having a huge need in the front court, Randle would be a perfect addition to the team.

There is always the possibility that this injury could be something to linger, but the chances of that seem to be minor. Randle could be one of the best players in this deep draft, and I believe his stock should not drop because of this.

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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • Lakers Rebuilding

    I think that unfortunately randle’s draft stock will fall because of this foot injury but he will most likely be just fine after the surgery is over. Before this news he was a top 10 pick easily but now he could fall to the 11-20 pick range which still isn’t that bad when you think about it. It was unlikely that the Lakers were going to draft him anyway but say if smart or Gordon are gone by the time they pick on draft night then the lakers should trade down for the suns two picks and possibly select him with one of those picks. I mean either way he is still a great player who could be the next Z Bo and I think that he will have a very bright future in the NBA whether the lakers draft him or not.

    • M T

      If Gordon is gone, which i hope he isn’t, LA needs to trade pick to Suns. Gordon could the best player who impacts the game in several areas.

      • Tyrone

        Lakers FO want a point guard.Fuck the Suns why help them?

        • M T

          They shouldn’t draft Smart even though he’s great because they could just replace him with Lowry or Lance. They need to draft Gordon because there is no combo forward with HIS abilities in FA. Gordon also is just as good as Smart.

          • Tune

            I agree, there are many good PGs in free agency, but it’s rare to get good defensive players like Gordon. Need to train him to guard LBJ.

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          • comrade24

            it’s starting to sound like Smart will go 4th to Orlando :(

  • George

    Julius Randle is dropping to the Phoenix Suns at number 14.The Suns have the best medical staff in the NBA and they will fix Julius Randle up.He will have a great career as a great power forward.Karl Malone slipped to number 14 in the past and so will Randle.I am not saying Julius Randle is Karl Malone i am just saying Randle will be a great NBA player and the team getting him will be elated…

    • truth24

      You stupid

      • George

        Thank you.

        • justsaying

          I really support you and I think Randle would be one of the top three in this draft after years from now when people look back at it.

          I guess I am Stupid too

      • DeAndre

        Julius Randle is fat cun homie.What’s good g?How you holding up?Speak to me fool come on son?What’s good with the Lakers dawg?

  • The Little General

    Jared Sullinger all over again with Julius Randle.He will slide.

  • Tyrone

    The Lakers like Marcus Smart and Dante Exum, and would like to grab either—but in our scenario, LA will have to go big. Gordon, Vonleh and Randle are all possibilities here.

    PER Sean Deveney

    • comrade24

      The LA Times had an interesting option which i think would not be a bad idea. They proposed that the Lakers should explore trading their #7 pick to Milwaukee for their #2 pick and Lakers would absorb Larry Sanders contract. He’s owed 4 yr 44 mil, but he is a solid defensive center when healthy, and not to mention we’d have the pick out of Embiid, Parker, Wiggins, or Exum.

  • Tyrone

    Ya’ll keep pushing the Lakers to get big man,they want a point guard.Ya’ll know only stupid fools want to get a big man when the team has needed a great point guard since Nick Van Excel left.Dante Exum or Marcus Smart

  • Tyrone

    We can get big men all day long like Pau,Jordan Hill,Caveman,Kelly,Sacre we got big men or can get more.What we need is a all star point guard for the future or at the very least a good starting point guard.Kendall Marshmallow is trash as a player.Nash is in limbo embattled with his current struggles as a old injured player.

    • comrade24

      I agree we need a star point guard and if Marcus Smart is in play at #7 i’m fairly certain that’s who they will pick but Marshall’s not trash? He’s a great passer and has improved his shooting. His defense sucks, i’ll give you that. I hope the Lakers keep him as their 2nd string point guard. Great passer and court vision

  • M T

    Kings are shopping their 8th pick for vets. Sign and
    trade Pau, Nick, 2016 swap option, 2016 2nd, and maybe even trade Marshall to a
    3rd team for that 8th pick. Pau and Nick would agree to the sign and trade bcz
    they’ll still play in CA, they’ll be a part of a new and improved team, and
    they are just less than an hour away from LA by flight whenever they want to

    Draft GORDON and trade away that 8th pick to the Suns for their 14th and 18th. Draft
    Elfrid and Payne. Once everyone learns about the impact that these guys have on
    their teams and the game, they will love them. They impact the game in multiple
    ways unlike guys who only score. These guys aren’t risky.

    Re-sign **HILL** and Jodie. Sign Lowry and/or Lance. Wait for for 2015 to get
    Love for free. This would be a title team with little to no weaknesses bcz
    everyone contributes in more ways than one. Also, none of these players are a
    defensive liability

    • Tyrone

      I disagree man.Too many moving parts to complete a trade like that.SMH

      • M T

        2 trades. Only 2 players being moved total. I hope 2 isn’t too big of a number for you.

    • KB24

      Lakers plan is not to go 41-41 or lower next season, why help the kings, i say draft smart and let nash mentor him pg skills and 3pt shooting,then monroe,meeks for 8th grab embiid/gordon/randle/vonleh then trade hawes for asik and daniels SMART,farmar,nash,KB2,troy daniels,xavier,DENG/ARIZA,young,bazemore,PAU,gordon,ASIK,kaman,sac……get KEVIN LOVE AND MARC GASOL NXT YEAR

  • Lou

    Their is only 1 big man worth looking at in this draft Noah Vonleh.Aaron Gordon is too skinny and is a small forward.Payne is 23 and decent but no guarantee,Randle i am not sold on he is injured and heavy set.Just get a forward in free agency.Draft a guard.

  • Tune

    I think he’ll fall to 10-15, 3 other good PFs to choose from before him now.

  • Kb24

    I would draft embiid if he falls no.7

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