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Lakers are reportedly ‘frustrated’ by the play of Julius Randle


Julius Randle flies in for a dunk in the Los Angeles Lakers 106-113 loss to the Golden State Warriors(Ty Nowell/Lakers.com)

Former Wildcat Julius Randle has been involved in countless trade rumors over the past year, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

ESPN reported earlier this past weekend that the Lakers have told other teams that Randle is available to the highest bidder and that it is obvious he is not in their long-term plans.

Not only does the front office want him gone, but apparently some of his teammates do, too.

The NY Daily News’ Frank Isola reports there are a few of his Laker teammates that are frustrated in Randle’s play.

“According to one league source, one topic discussed is that some Lakers have been frustrated by the play of Julius Randle, who has been the subject of trade reports for nearly a year now.”

The NBA Trade Deadline is on February 8, and the Lakers have recently promoted Randle to the starting lineup to showcase his talent for the rest of the NBA to see. If he has a stretch of impressive games, his trade value could rise, and the Lakers would get more in return when the trade finally happens.

Needless to say, the former Wildcat big man’s days are numbered in Los Angeles.

Randle is having career-high numbers in points, field goal percentage, effective FG%, blocks, and he’s getting to the line more than he ever has.

Yet he has started just seven games this season, his minutes are down by a substantial margin, and he’s averaging the lowest number of shot attempts of his career.

And they’re in a hurry to get rid of him.

And his teammates are frustrated with his play.

Get him out of there. Pronto.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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22 responses to “Lakers are reportedly ‘frustrated’ by the play of Julius Randle”

  1. Parker_UKFanNC

    I don’t understand this. He’s playing well but they don’t want him. Hope he goes somewhere that knows how to use him.

    1. Angelo

      Sadly T-Rex arms, alligator arms (short arms) are a no go in the NBA… Unless you are 7 foot and can sink threes…

  2. jr_hopkins

    Not to be forgotten that they are also putting Clarkson and Nance up for trade too. They are trying to clear cap space for this coming summer with huge targets like LeBron and PG13 becoming available. This is a lot less about Julius and a lot more about this coming off-season.

    1. ukjaybrat

      THIS

  3. damage_control

    They’re frustrated that he’s outplaying their fraud #2 pick Lonzo while Randles only getting 22 mpg. He’s their 2nd or 3rd best player easy. He’s still close to averaging a double double despite his PT constantly being messed with. Hope he goes to the Suns – they need him so bad and he’d play way more.

    1. J-Dub421

      The Lakers have been a poorly run organization for quite some time. This is just further proof. I don’t think they’ll get any of the superstars they want. No one wants to deal with Lavar Ball’s sideshow.

    2. Rembrandt

      The Lakers have a huge problem with Lonzo Ball. One way or another, Ball will have to go. Until this problem is solved, their FO better focus.

  4. damage_control

    They obviously think they can draw 2-3 big free agents but idk if that will work with what’s left if u get rid of randle and others.

  5. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

    I am also one that would love to see him on the Suns. Jordan Clarkson would be welcome on any other team in the NBA with open arms and so would Nance Jr. The Lakers are a damn joke of a franchise right now. They are 6/7 months into the Ball family saga and it’s been non stop about someone named Ball. First Lonzo not hitting shots then Lavar taking shots at Luke. Basketball needs the Ball family to go away.

  6. rockatao

    I haven’t watched a lot of Lakers games, but in the ones I have seen, Julius works his butt off. The other Lakers must think like he makes them look bad with his hustle and their lack of it.

  7. kyle heavy

    Consider me in the minority, but his style of play often frustrated me while at UK. He was sort of one-trick pony with that spin move, and he didn’t share the ball much despite often spinning into double teams.

    1. J-Dub421

      Yeah, he only averaged a double double. How terrible. /s

    2. Willis Wolf Tattoo

      You’re definitely in the minority.

    3. Miller45

      he made free throws though

  8. bigb

    Why would any big time players like Lebron want to play there with that pg?

    1. johnwall

      A pass first pg? hmm no idea

  9. manOwar

    Let’s see…they take a chump like Ball over Fox….They don’t like how Randle plays….What happens if they don’t land any big time players in the near future? Are they becoming the Knicks of the west coast? Have they already become that (or worse)?

  10. Duff86

    It’s LA!!! That market is huge so LA can draw whatever talent they want. And it’s not all about TV or ticket sales, it’s about merchandise too. Lebron and others would get paid on so many levels with a move to LA.

  11. TB112162

    Yeah Lebron is worried about money SMH

  12. jameehkyfan

    Come on down to the pelicans, why not. He could be the missing piece plus 6 uk players on one team…love it. New Orleans wildcats south lol

  13. EdC

    He’s not mentally broken enough to play for the Lakers.

  14. Miller45

    trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him