Important Los Angeles Lakers roster news, and no, it’s not about LeBron. Today, the Lakers extended a qualifying offer to Julius Randle, making him a restricted free agent. With free agency starting on Friday, the Lakers will now have the opportunity to match any offer Randle receives.
Randle is coming off his fourth — and best — season as a pro, in which he averaged 16.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He finished 10th in the NBA in field goal percentage, shooting 55.8 percent from the floor. He also somehow ended up in the winner’s circle after Justify won the Belmont and Triple Crown, which I think has to count for something:
Congratulations to Justify and everyone with @WinStarFarm! Unbelievable day, unbelievable team and unbelievable horse. @bradcalipari and I had a blast being along for the ride. #TripleCrown pic.twitter.com/iBKoJjOiOR
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 10, 2018
Whether or not Julius is actually a Laker next season will depend on what happens with LeBron James and Paul George, but even if they use up their cap space, he’ll have plenty of other suitors.