Randle is headed to New Orleans. In the years since he left the team in the 2014-15 season, he's only spent one year with each subsequent squad.
The Los Angeles Lakers began making moves quickly Monday after bringing LeBron James aboard Sunday night, and two former Kentucky Wildcats were in the middle of the action. That announcement was quickly followed by agreements by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee to play for the Lakers, sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes. But if it anyone believed Johnson and Pelinka were done for the summer, they were sadly mistaken Monday, when ESPN was the first to report the Lakers dumped Randle and added Rondo.
The point guard is the latest player to join forces with James. The Lakers become Rondo's sixth team. A short time after, Cousins agreed to a one-year deal with the champion Golden State Warriors in one of the most shocking free agent moves in recent memory. Unless Ball is traded away, he would most likely be demoted to a bench role with fellow youngsters Josh Hart and Moe Wagner.
Rondo averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists in helping lead the Pelicans to the Western Conference semifinals last season.
He helped the team make it to the NBA Finals in 2008, when they won the NBA Championship. He isn't expected back until the beginning of next year.
LeBron James joining the LA Lakers has made the team THE destination for All-Star caliber National Basketball Association free agents.
The status of Julius Randle, who is a restricted free agent, appears in doubt. 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. A LeBron-Boogie duo on the Lakers would surely be fun to watch. NBA TV's David Aldridge reported that Randle does not want to return to Los Angeles.