The Lakers may sacrifice one of their best players to pursue a plan next summer that could include signing LeBron James and another star

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 06:03:57 PM. Julius Randle has developed into a solid starter, but he'll carry a heavy cap hold when he becomes a restricted free agent next summer.
Jae C. Hong/AP The Los Angeles Lakers are "very unlikely" to keep forward Julius Randle beyond this season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Lakers could be major players in free agency next summer and would love to have the salary cap space to sign two max free agents. Randle could net a nice return on the trade market on his own, but the team may instead use him to help unload one of their expensive veterans, such as Luol Deng. Slowly but surely, the Los Angeles Lakers' plan for a return to relevance is beginning to take shape. Next summer's free agent class will be a talented one, and the Lakers seem to have a goal of being major buyers. The team was fined for tampering with the Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George this past summer, and rumors that LeBron James wants to leave Cleveland for California have been swirling for months. Adding two superstar free agents would go a long way toward redeeming a franchise that has gone just 96-243 since the start of the 2013-14 season, but money may complicate things. With next season's salary cap projected in the neighborhood of $108 million, the Lakers won't be able to afford a second max free agent if they hold onto their current assets. Now, thanks to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, we have an idea of who will be sent packing to make room for more talent: forward Julius Randle, one of Los Angeles' best players. Wojnarowski relayed the information while appearing on the sideline before Wednesday's game between...Read more
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