Ex-Lakers center Julius Randle joining Pelicans on 2-year, $18M deal

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Rondo, who is reportedly joining the Lakers on a one-year contract, has played 12 years in the National Basketball Association. Rondo has averaged 10.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting, plus 4.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 779 career games with Boston, Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago and New Orleans.

Randle played in all 82 of L.A.'s games previous year.

JUST 24 hours after the basketballing world learned that LeBron James would be joining the LA Lakers, news broke that the entire competition has become meaningless.

Deng's $36 million salary would then be paid out over five seasons.

The New Orleans Pelicans' free agency wish list took an unexpected hit Monday evening (July 2), as they lost out on both guard Rajon Rondo and All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to Western Conference competition. This prompted the former first-round pick to ask the team to renounce his rights, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

However, the team the Lakers are assembling for 2018-19 is an odd fit - Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo are all Lakers next season, which is going to make for a "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" locker room. Add that to blossoming long defenders in Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, and with James orchestrating the defense as a free safety, Walton has a potentially formidable defense that finished 12th (105.6) in defensive rating last season.

It's possible these signings, while head-scratching now, have a larger objective - future trade chips or cheap, available backup options when the Lakers make a big trade. Rondo gives the Lakers experience at point guard, where the Lakers relied on Ball, and even Ingram when Ball was injured.

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