Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30) shoots against Connecticut Huskies forward DeAndre Daniels (2) in the second half during the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors 2014: Los Angeles Lakers eyeing Julius Randle?

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The Los Angeles Lakers rarely pick in the lottery so they are hoping to strike gold with the seventh-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Many believe the Lakers have eyes for a guard like former Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart and Australian point guard Dante Exum, but there is a good chance neither will be available when the Lakers go on the clock. However, one player that could fall to seven is former Kentucky Wildcats’ power forward Julius Randle.

Many believe that Randle has been overlooked throughout the process and Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders sees him as a nice fit with the Lakers (of course that is contingent on what other pieces they can add).

Putting guys like Ariza, Vasquez, and potentially a young power forward like Julius Randle (if he were to dip slightly in the draft) next to a returning Bryant would certainly be an intriguing start,’but Kupchak and Buss would be far from done this summer. Although we shouldn’t expect quite the ‘rent-a-roster’ that took the floor this season, even if the Lakers are able to land a couple of the players mentioned, the front office is still expected to look to retain some of the current crop of players in order to complete the roster. Reserve big man Robest Sacre is the only player with a guaranteed contract beyond Bryant and Nash. Things remain uncertain regarding Pau Gasol’s future, as there have been no updates beyond the reports that surfaced last month claiming he would consider the Grizzlies, Bulls, Spurs and Lakers when deciding where to play next season.

Randle is ranked as the draft’s fourth-best prospect according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. Randle, who measured in at 6’9″ and 250 pounds with a wingspan of 7’0″ at the NBA’s Scouting Combine, put up 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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Tags: Dante Exum Julius Randle Los Angeles Lakers Marcus Smart NBA Draft 2014 NBA Draft Rumors

  • J Taylor

    Why does this author publish 5 different articles with the same “Starting Rumors: Los Angeles eyeing ”

    Shameless writing like this should be criminal.

  • Marty Susman

    This is the dream I would like to see come true……….
    A. K. Irving tell’s the Cav’s, NO new contract….
    B. K. Irving makes a very clear statement to the media that the ONLY team he will sign a long term deal with is the Lakers.
    C. K. Love tells the media he will only sign an extension with the Lakers.
    D. G. Monroe echo’s the above as well…
    E. Sign n trade Gasol for Love along with maybe a 2016 pick.
    F. Dollars sign Monroe, no need to give the Pistons anything.
    G. !st round pick to the Cav’s for Irving giving the Cav’s one more super 1st round pick.
    H. Resign Swaggy, Marshall, Meak’s, Bazmore Plus a few more & we are al set…

  • wangkon936

    It’s interesting to note that Mr. Randle wasn’t even invited to workout by the Lakers.