Lakers add Rondo, renounce rights to Randle

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Payton, a New Orleans native, reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Pelicans on Sunday.

Randle averaged a career-high 16.1 points last season while also averaging 8.0 rebounds and playing all 82 games.

National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.

Randle came into training camp last season in the best shape of his life.

The point guard is the latest player to join forces with James. 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.

However, the team the Lakers are assembling for 2018-19 is an odd fit - Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo are all Lakers next season, which is going to make for a "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" locker room.

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

The floodgates have opened for the Los Angeles Lakers as the news of LeBron James' signing has kicked off a flurry of moves.

The question now is what the Lakers would do with their 2017 2nd overall pick Lonzo Ball, who plays the same position as the former Boston Celtics Rondo.

By adding Rondo, the Lakers got a skilled ball handler and great defender who is not known as a great perimeter shooter.

However, with a minimum of effort, the Lakers could have a max deal available to lure top-tier free agents next summer. The Lakers qualifying offer made Randle a restricted free agent, meaning the Lakers could match any offer.

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

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