Lakers add Rondo, renounce rights to Randle

DeMarcus Cousins is joining the Golden State Warriors in a shock free-agency move

Since it looks like the Lakers are building a superteam with LeBron and the new stars to support him, there's a good chance Rondo will meet up with his former team in the 2018 National Basketball Association finals.

While it is hard to part with Randle, Los Angeles has been linked to Kawhi Leonard, who has requested a trade from the San Antonio Spurs. McGee typically sat on the bench for the Warriors last two Finals runs, and though he looked great during some moments in the most recent championship, it was often when surrounded by four Hall of Fame players.

The Lakers reportedly renounced the rights to Julius Randle, making the forward an unrestricted free agent, and agreed to a contract with point guard Rajon Rondo.

Think about this - the Pels lost two vital elements from last year's playoff team who accepted one-year deals worth $9 million and $5.4 million, respectively.

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After signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $12 million deal (a sensible move), the Lakers continued by signing Lance Stephenson, one of James' biggest rivals, to a one-year, $4.5 million contract. Another free-agent acquisition made by the Lakers since the signing of LeBron James is JaVale McGee. Rondo walks into a crowded backcourt, which includes Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. Would this be a precursor to a trade that ends up with Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles? Cousins is more of a low-post threat than Randle, but both players have good passing and vision for big men. It was a slight reduction in playing time from the previous season where he started 73 of the 74 games he played in, which may be a source of his reported desire to play elsewhere.

Randle was originally selected by the Lakers with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

It's unclear what the market is like for Randle, who starred collegiately at Kentucky.

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