Julius Randle signs with the Pelicans to terrorize opposing frontcourts

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He has increased both his scoring average and field goal percentage in each of the last three seasons, coming in at 16.1 a night on 55.8 per cent from the floor last season in 82 games for the Lakers.

Julius Randle, Isaiah Thomas, and several others are out. 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.

The Rondo addition, in particular, had the National Basketball Association world trying to make sense of the Lakers' plan.

Cousins was in line for a max deal last season until he tore his achilles tendon while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.

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.

Randle played in all 82 of L.A.'s games a year ago.

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The Pelicans lost Rajon Rondo to the Lakers earlier on Monday.

The Pelicans were back in for the 32-year-old, creating more salary-cap flexibility as they confirmed the departure of Julius Randle.

The move comes a day after the blockbuster deal that landed LeBron James with the Lakers.

By adding Rondo, the Lakers got a skilled ball handler and great defender who is not known as a great perimeter shooter. The Lakers qualifying offer made Randle a restricted free agent, meaning the Lakers could match any offer. The four-time All-Star also won a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.

Randle was drafted No. 7 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Lakers and has played every season of his professional career in Hollywood.

Despite his development on offense, Randle started only 49 games while averaging 26.7 minutes.

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