Rajon Rondo agrees to one-year deal with Lakers

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He averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists for New Orleans last season. Once the Lakers began signing Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee on Sunday night, Randle saw the writing on the wall in Los Angeles. But if it anyone believed Johnson and Pelinka were done for the summer, they were sadly mistaken Monday, when ESPN was the first to report the Lakers dumped Randle and added Rondo.

The point guard is the latest player to join forces with James. A player option in the second year is included. The Lakers added Rondo's quick hands and length, Stephenson's aggressive defense, McGee's length and shot-blocking ability and brought back one of their best defenders from past year in Caldwell-Pope.

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Rondo's deal comes a day after the Lakers landed LeBron James in free agency. Randle is more of a ball-handler and off-the-dribble threat.

If recent Los Angeles Lakers rumors are true, Julius Randle's time with the Los Angeles Lakers has come to an end. The four-time All-Star also won a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics. This would change a bit if the Lakers were to trade for Kawhi Leonard, but L.A. would also have to trade salaries in that deal as well. Not only are there questions surrounding how he will return from the achilles he tore in January, but analysts have also waffled on what type of contract they expect him to sign.

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With rumors still swarming around Pelicans' free agent DeMarcus Cousins, he has not made a decision as to where he will play next season. It was reported earlier today that Randle was excited about the possibility of playing on the Lakers in 2018-19.

Randle was drafted No. 7 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Lakers and has played every season of his professional career in Hollywood. His progress was slow and unsteady in his first three seasons in the National Basketball Association (he missed his entire rookie season after breaking his leg in the season opener), but he made significant strides in 2017-18, when he averaged 16.1 points and 8 rebounds.

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With Randle's departure, the Lakers will have no players left on their roster who played with Kobe Bryant in his final game in 2016.

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