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Julius Randle | Forward | #30

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/29/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 250
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (7) / LAK
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Julius Randle (ribs) went through everything except the 5-on-5 aspects of Tuesday's practice.
Luke Walton was optimistic regarding Randle's status for Thursday's game, saying he looked good in the half court sets and was fine after taking some hits to the rib area, so things are trending in a positive direction here. Randle also said he felt great after practice and expects to suit up for Thursday's game, and while he may not be starting on opening night, he should still see quality minutes in Los Angeles this season. Oct 17 - 4:02 PM

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Julius Randle (ribs) was limited to the non-contact portions of Monday's practice.

The Lakers are listing him as day-to-day, and he still has another three full days to get ready for opening night, so him sitting out Monday's scrimmage seems precautionary more than anything else. We'll have a better idea on Randle's status following Thursday morning's shootaround, but if he is forced to sit out the first game of the season, that would open up minutes for Kyle Kuzma and Larry Nance.
Oct 16 - 4:08 PM

Julius Randle and the Lakers couldn't come to an agreement on a contract extension, so he'll become a restricted free agent next summer.

This was expected with the Lakers trying to preserve as much cap space as possible for 2018 when big names such as LeBron James and Paul George hit free agency. Randle is still a big part of the Lakers core, but he's not untouchable with Kyle Kuzma and Larry Nance around. He's currently day-to-day with a back strain and is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Monday night.
Oct 16 - 1:02 PM

Julius Randle (right intercostal strain) did not practice on Saturday and will be re-evaluated on Monday.

It's important to note that his diagnosis is different from the back spasms one on Friday night, and also that Randle is dealing with soreness on Saturday. He did shoot some on Saturday, so that's positive news that he isn't totally shut down. Still, there's a very real chance he won't be ready for the opener, which means Larry Nance would likely start. Kyle Kuzma would also be looking at minutes at both forward spots because the Lakers will need help on the wing with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out for the first two. Randle is still a decent later-middle round target, but he is trending down a tad.
Oct 14 - 3:08 PM

Julius Randle (back spasms) won't return to Friday's preseason game, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes.

Randle dominated prior to his exit and he doesn't have a history of back injuries, so hopefully this won't cost him any regular-season games. We're listing him as questionable for the Lakers' opener vs. the Clippers on Oct. 19 -- if he's forced to miss any time, Larry Nance and Kyle Kuzma stand to gain the most fantasy value.
Oct 14 - 12:43 AM

Lakers coach Luke Walton said he hasn't decided if Julius Randle or Larry Nance will start at power forward this season.

Kyle Kuzma has run circles around them both, but Walton wants to keep him with the second unit for now. Randle had another strong showing off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Jazz with 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and five steals, while Nance had nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes with the first unit. Randle is still being drafted in the middle rounds, but Kuzma and Nance are big threats to his workload.
Oct 11 - 1:24 AM

Julius Randle thrived off the bench vs. Sacramento, racking up 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

Randle will likely return to the starting lineup on Tuesday, to give him some reps alongside Brook Lopez, so we're not reading much into his bench role tonight. The defensive stats are particularly encouraging -- as a rookie, Randle averaged just 0.7 steals and 0.5 blocks, but in limited minutes this preseason he's averaging 1.0 steals and 1.3 blocks.
Oct 8 - 11:56 PM

Julius Randle scored 15 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

The slimmed-down Randle got dominated by Karl-Anthony Towns at times during this game -- KAT will do that to a lot of people, though. Overall, Randle does look like he can handle some extra minutes at the five, but he's probably best suited to be a four man next to Brook Lopez (back) for most of his minutes. He's a breakout candidate in the later middle rounds.
Oct 1 - 12:41 AM

The Lakers starting group at practice has been Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance and Julius Randle.

This is noteworthy because we think this will be the starting lineup against the Wolves on Saturday -- Brook Lopez is out. The Lakers have raved about Randle's athleticism and how he has meshed with Nance. Expect the Lakers to run like crazy on Saturday in what will be a must-watch game for NBA fanatics. Randle is a very popular sleeper, so be ready to reach for him in the middle rounds.
Sep 29 - 5:20 PM

Coach Luke Walton said he didn't want Julius Randle to bring the ball up after a defensive rebound yet.

"For now, no. If you're a four or five man, find a point guard," Walton said. Randle has created some serious buzz for "flying around" in practice and making an impact on defense. Plus, there has been buzz about Randle being a Draymond Green-type impact in the offense, but clearly Walton wants Lonzo Ball to run the offense in transition. Quote aside, Randle is a breakout candidate and should be coming off the board in the middle rounds.
Sep 28 - 5:30 PM

Julius Randle has reportedly trimmed his body fat to six percent this summer, after finishing the 2016-17 season at 13 percent.

Magic Johnson recently challenged his team, vowing that out-of-shape players won't get many minutes, and Randle seems to have immediately responded. He weighs 243 pounds, 15 fewer than last season, and (unlike glowing summer reports about other players) there are numerous pictures which appear to verify his offseason transformation. The fourth-year forward said that he's ready to play "positionless basketball," and we'll keep a close eye on him throughout the offseason.
Jul 26 - 9:20 PM

Julius Randle has shed some serious weight this offseason as he looks to improve his conditioning.

Randle has been working with renowned trainer Amoila Cesar since the season ended, and he's already shed 13 pounds. Magic Johnson said that if any of his guys come into training camp next season with more than eight percent body fat, they won't see the floor next year, and Randle (who ended his 2016-17 campaign at 13.7 percent body fat) has clearly taken that message to heart. Cesar and Randle will work to improve his conditioning, explosiveness and lateral quickness this offseason.
Jun 21 - 1:58 PM

President Magic Johnson "is in love" with Markelle Fultz and may try to move up to No. 1 possibly with Julius Randle included in a trade, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.

The top pick looks to be on the block and it sounds like the Lakers and 76ers could get involved in a bidding war. The Lakers have said Brandon Ingram is really the only untouchable player, so unloading Randle is a possibility. The Celtics are expected to go after a power forward in free agency, so someone like Randle may change things. He's having a productive offseason and has lost some weight this summer.
Jun 16 - 6:03 PM

Julius Randle pledged to work like a "beast" in the offseason.

Beast Mode is apparently back in two spots in Cali. Randle said he will try to develop his jump shot and keep working on his finishing at the rim, particularly with his right hand. Randle was below the league average within eight feet at just 55.0 percent, which is very important for him because 70.4 percent of his shots came in that range. With the Lakers not likely to have much depth up front and being at just 22 years old, Randle could be even better next year.
Apr 29 - 8:55 PM

Julius Randle played just 16 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds and two assists.

He got off to a nice start and hit 4-of-7 shots from the field, but coach Luke Walton went away from him because he picked up four fouls. If you're planning to give Randle a look in DFS on Wednesday, Randle should be in the lineup because the Lakers don't have any incentive to tank -- they will finish with the third worst record in the NBA no matter what happens on Wednesday.
Apr 12 - 12:51 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Lonzo Ball
2Tyler Ennis
SG1Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
2Jordan Clarkson
3Josh Hart
SF1Brandon Ingram
2Luol Deng
3Corey Brewer
PF1Larry Nance
2Julius Randle
3Kyle Kuzma
C1Brook Lopez
2Ivica Zubac
3Andrew Bogut
4Thomas Bryant