Since Randle's signing completed New Orleans' frontcourt, it essentially signaled that DeMarcus Cousins didn't have a place on the Pelicans next season.
During his one season with the Pelicans, Rondo averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists per game during the regular season, with those numbers jumping to 10.3 PPG and 12.2 APG in the postseason.
Sources told ESPN that Randle requested that the Lakers renounce him, sparing him what he believed would be a reduced role in a return to the team. Despite being frustrated with not receiving a contract extension and coming off the bench early in the season, the forward responded with a career year.
With the Lakers drafting 7-foot MI center Mo Wagner in addition to bringing in James, Randle was likely to find his role further reduced on a revamped Lakers team.
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And now, ESPN report, they will bring in Rondo after confirming a deal for James yesterday.
Ball and Rondo, who appear to have redundant skill sets, are likely to compete for the starting position during camp, assuming the Lakers don't have plans to include Ball in a possible trade.
The Los Angeles Lakers are signing veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. 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.
By renouncing their rights to Randle, the Lakers parted ways with their longest-tenured player.