Most Improved Player and All-Star in 2021, Julius Randle did not confirm last season. On the contrary, he was even the symbol of the Knicks’ problems, unable to qualify for the playoffs. The strong winger no longer appears as the pillar of the New York workforce, especially since the leaders have another superstar in their sights, Donovan Mitchell.
On the side of the Lakers, we are closely monitoring this situation, and Marc Stein reports that the management of Los Angeles could position itself on Julius Randle, and thus bring him back to the fold.
If Donovan Mitchell lands in New York, the executives will have a big overflow of salaries, and it will limit their options for offering the jackpot to RJ Barrett. Julius Randle could therefore obtain his exit voucher, and the Lakers would even be ready to take over the rest of his contract (117 million over four years…). The New York track was also mentioned as a “stopover” for Russell Westbrook.
Except that it is difficult to see Julius Randle and Anthony Davis living together. Certainly, a “frontline” LeBron-Randle-Davis would be monstrous physically, but it will not solve the problems of address at 3-point, nor game without ball of the Lakers. These three need the ball and space to express themselves, and in the current NBA, it will be complicated.
For Fred Katz, insider of The Athletic, it would be possible if Julius Randle agrees to be 6th man.