The Los Angeles Lakers are in an interesting situation as fourth-year forward Julius Randle approaches restricted free agency this offseason while playing by far the best basketball of his young career. Do the Lakers consider trading Randle and seeing what they can get for him while his value is at its highest, or do they continue to let him play out the rest of the season and enter restricted free agency and hope they can fit him into their offseason plans? It sounds like the Lakers have at least toyed with the latter idea. NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported during ESPN’s Full Court Press that the Lakers and Dallas Mavericks discussed a trade featuring Randle and disgruntled big man Nerlens Noel, but talks ultimately fell apart when the latter had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Lakers, Mavs had talks on Randle-for-Noel swap
Lakers Nation | Dec 23