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Julius Randle agrees to two-year deal with New Orleans Pelicans

July 21 2018, 07:47 | Van Peters

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Nets stuck in free-agency limbo

The Lakers renounced the rights to power forward Julius Randle on Monday, a surprise move compounded by the subsequent report the Lakers would use their freshly created cap space to sign Rondo to a one-year, $9 million contract.

Julius Randle's Los Angeles Lakers career is over after four seasons.

New Orleans is still working through the details of how Randle's arrival will impact free-agent center DeMarcus Cousins' potential future with the Pelicans, league sources tell ESPN.

By adding Rondo, the Lakers got a skilled ball handler and great defender who is not known as a great perimeter shooter.

The Lakers are the fifth team the 32-year-old Rondo since he was traded from the Celtics to the Dallas Mavericks back in 2014-15.

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Cousins was in line for a max deal last season until he tore his achilles tendon while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.

That ensured the Lakers reserved the right to match any offer sheet Randle would potentially sign with another team.

Rondo averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists in helping lead the Pelicans to the Western Conference semifinals last season. The four-time All-Star played eight-plus seasons in Boston and won an National Basketball Association championship with the Celtics but has been a journeyman of late, spending time with Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago and New Orleans in the past four seasons.

The former seventh overall pick would join a frontcourt rotation that includes All-NBA big man Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic. He averaged a career-high 16.1 points a year ago to go with 8 rebounds per game.

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