After being selected with the No. 7 overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft and touted as the next great Los Angeles Lakers superstar after Kobe Bryant, there is a now a chance that Julius Randle’s tenure with the Purple & Gold may be over before it even started.
Whoa RT @Schultz_Report: Hearing Lakers have moved to front of Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade line. Suns want Julius Randle + HOU first-rounder
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 20, 2014
Whoa is right. Eric Bledsoe is perhaps the most desirable NBA free agent still available on the market, but for Julius Randle to be dealt, it would be nothing less than shocking. Right now, Bledsoe is at odds with his current team, the Suns, over the details of his proposed contract extension. Bledsoe and his agent are reportedly seeking a 5-year, $80 million maximum deal, while Phoenix is offering four years and $48 million for the fifth-year pro.
While it is highly unlikely that a sign-and-trade deal that would send Randle, Jordan Hill, and a future first round pick to Phoenix in exchange for Bledsoe will actually occur, stranger things have happened. If you were a betting man, it’d be safe to place your money on Julius remaining in LA. Either way, it will be fun to watch whomever ends up in Phoenix team up with former Wildcat Archie Goodwin as he grows into a formidable NBA player. Then again, there’s a good chance Bledsoe will be taking his talents elsewhere, leaving Archie to develop on his own. No matter the circumstance, one of the many perks of being a Kentucky alumnus in the NBA is that la familia is everywhere.