Julius Randle agrees to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans

Julius Randle Le Bron James

Julius Randle Le Bron James

The writing seemed to be on the wall regarding Randle's future with the Lakers once LeBron James agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the team.

The Lakers and Randle are expected to speak on Monday.

Randle was set to be a restricted free agent.

While he's only committed to a reported one year, $9 million deal with the Lakers, he's probably looking for a permanent home like he had with the Celtics.

The Dallas Mavericks, once considered the Lakers' biggest threat for Randle, focused in on DeAndre Jordan prior to and after the center opted out of the final year of his contract. The 32-year-old National Basketball Association journeyman signed with the Lakers on July 2 after entering free agency following a one year stint with the New Orleans Pelicans. He averaged 8.3 points, 8.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 65 games for New Orleans last season. The Lakers become Rondo's sixth team.

The Lakers have sought a veteran point guard to direct their offense for the better part of a year, after they traded D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets on June 22, 2017. He averaged a career-high 16.1 points a year ago to go with 8 rebounds per game.

Randle, 23, was the last player on the roster to have played with Kobe Bryant, who retired following the 2015-16 season.

Los Angeles drafted Randle with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Randle only played 14 minutes during his rookie season because of a broken right leg he suffered in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets on opening night.

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