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Lakers News: Team Announces Signing Of Julius Randle

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As expected, once LeBron James broke the seal on free agency, the pieces elsewhere began to fall into place. For the Los Angeles Lakers, that entailed trading for Jeremy Lin and re-signing Jordan Hill and Nick Young.

In an effort to continue filling out the roster, the Lakers not only missed out on the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but also saw Pau Gasol select the Windy City as his next destination. The team is still in need of a head coach, though it’s reported a hire is forthcoming.

As for the Lakers first round pick, Julius Randle was in a holding pattern with the Lakers needing to wait for free agency to get into motion before signing the young power forward. The Lakers continued to tie up loose ends Sunday as they announced the signing of Randle, which permits him to immediately play in Summer League action.

Full press release below:

EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Julius Randle, the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Randle will be available to play in today’s NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas against the New Orleans Pelicans at 1:30 p.m.

In his lone season at Kentucky, Randle appeared in 40 games (all starts) for the Wildcats, averaging 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 blocks in 30.8 minutes per game en route to being named the SEC Freshman of the Year in addition to being a First Team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman and SEC All-Tournament Team selection.

The Dallas, TX native led the nation with 24 double-doubles and had seven games of scoring 20+ points in 2013-14. The 19-year-old led Kentucky to the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game with consecutive double-doubles in Sweet 16 and Elite Eight victories before scoring 16 points with five rebounds against Wisconsin in the Final Four and notching 10 points with six rebounds and four assists in the final.

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  • Johan

    I think Julius Randle might become a Charles Barkley. And we got a steal with Jordan Clarkson. Good shit Mitch

  • Fun Boop

    Mitch Kupchak made the right choice with his draft choices.Great job Mitch!

  • Johan

    Randle better go off these up coming games cuz Clarkson had 7 boards.

  • Do It Mitch Kupchak

    This should just turn in to our official summer league thread.BTW good job Mitch!

  • all star lakes

    Nice outing by the big fella Julius Randle them rebounds next game.Good game.

  • Swisher

    Clarkson!

    • Ray-Marcus

      I am really looking forward to his rookie year!! I have high expectations for the young fella…i see him having as good a year a Nick van Excel (also a 2nd round steal) had as a rookie

      • Swisher

        Ya i think he will be a Lakers top guy like Kobe,Nick,Eddie.

  • Reggie

    Mitch has a good eye for top talent.He put together a great young summer league squad and our drafted rookies look sensational playing ball.Mitch is a great GM.Lets get the summer league championship bring home the trophy guys.

  • Titti Kephias

    Randle has 14 pts against warriors and is fine… BUT Clarkson is surprising everyone leading with 19 pts including the winning tip-in. Lakers takes 1st win in summer league. Nice Clarkson! LA should sign him up!

    • and 1

      Agreed.

  • LakerJ

    Clarkson looks great, Randle was solid, Kane plays rushed and trying to do too much. Hearing that the Pelicans will sign Patric Young. Lakers should have extended a contract to him, Mitch did not sound good during his interview, no vision for the team.

    • LAL #24 Buzzer Beater

      Yeah the Patric Young thing is interesting do you think Mitch ever contacted his agent or him personally about playing for the Lakers?We need a big guy like Patric Young to help out Julius Randle on the boards and on defense with pick and roll also low post defense.Their is a young man on the Lakers SL team Trevor Mbakwe and i love his game and i am impressed with him and hopefully the Lakers FO likes him as much as me and my dad do we like his body size he is NBA ready and he is built like a Mac Truck.He was the top undrafted player from last year he played overseas last season in Italy he averaged a double double and he played in the Eurocup and did great.He has a NBA body and the muscle to help us out he looks like MWP.

  • Lance

    Damn ya’ll the first game i don’t DVR of the Lakers turns out to be a all time summer league classic.Just my luck the other games i used the DVR for were blowout losses.Oh well great result for the Lakers and the future looks bright with Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.I am very excited way to go Mitch we love ya.

  • Darnell

    Just hire a coach and then coach em up.Yep coach em up to the all star game.

  • deadtome

    TRADE KOBE NOW

  • Kb24

    Lal hibb,cjw,scola
    Ind nash,hill,kelly

    Lin,cjw,mars
    Bryant,jc,x
    Lewis,young
    Randle,blatche
    Hibb,sac,okafor
    71.6 mil$

    • Kb24

      Waive scola

      • deadtome

        hibbert is broken – don’t forget that historic 0/0 night in an EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME… let that sink in…. would rather have stephenson. stretch provision nash. our lineup next year:
        lin/marshall (9 + 3M nash)
        stephenson/jc (12)
        kobe/young (29)
        randle/kelly (4)
        hill/sacre (10)
        63M
        + 1 year deals/exceptions

        you’d have around 23-24M next year to go after marc gasol or aldridge. lin (8) + sacre (1) + renounce hill (9) gives you 18M plus higher salary cap

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Well it’s been a great 3 games for Jordan Clarkson in SL.His game well translate to the NBA.Jordan Clarkson is MCW with a much better jumper.

  • Kobe Gagnon

    He’s doing good but Clarkson is killing it

  • Julius Randle Is A Beast

    Julius Randle needs to get on the boards and dominate.So far he is barely hanging with undrafted scrubs in the stats department.What happens when he is up against Tim Duncan,Blake Griffin,Serge Ibaka,Aldridge,Zach Randolph,Kevin Love?Yeah it’s going to be tough in the NBA for any rookie but he will get better.Seems out of shape and he needs to play 5 on 5 competitive basketball all summer long.Don’t come into training camp out of shape homie or else Kobe will cuss him out.

  • Lonnie

    Jordan Clarkson might be the best player thus far in the entire Summer League.

  • socali

    We need to get Clarkson and Randle in the mix. I understand we have Jeremy Lin, but Clarkson has more upside.

  • Quinn

    Jordan Clarkson has exceeded all expectations so far.Julius Randle is awesome.Lakers gotta stop the BS and sign Lance Stephenson before another team scoops him up.It’s been reported all along by Chris Broussard and others that the Lakers have been interested in signing Lance Stephenson.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    Happy that we sign Randle!

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