Julius Randle Receives Qualifying Offer From Lakers

The Lakers have issued a qualifying offer to Julius Randle, making him a restricted free agent, the team announced today in a press release. The move is a procedural one that had been anticipated.

Randle, 23, enjoyed a breakout season in 2017/18, appearing in all 82 games for the Lakers and starting the final 49. In those 49 starts, the former lottery pick averaged an impressive 18.6 PPG, 9.1 RPG, and 3.1 APG with a .560 FG%.

As detailed earlier this offseason in our Lakers cap digest, Randle will receive a qualifying offer worth $5,564,134, though his cap hold will be $12,447,726, eating into the Lakers’ cap space as long as the big man is unsigned and his QO remains on the table.

If the Lakers decide they need to move that money off their books in order to create the space necessary to land a pair of maximum-salary free agents, they can withdraw their qualifying offer and renounce Randle, but for now, the team will keep its options open. Randle is a good bet to be retained by Los Angeles if the club doesn’t need its cap room for other moves.

The Mavericks are among the teams viewed as potential suitors for Randle in restricted free agency.

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