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Julius Randle | Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (19) / 11/29/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 250
College: Kentucky
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Assistant coach Mark Madsen was happy with how Julius Randle performed on Friday.
"When Julius catches the basketball at the elbow or at the mid-post, all the other players on the court are like a swarm of bees," Madsen said. "He's letting everything develop and Julius is finding [the open man]." Madsen added that Randle wanted to run a four-flat play late in the game and that the rookie also took a cab back to the arena before Sunday's game to get his shoes. Randle also said he was "excited" to have Carlos Boozer on his team, and he's going to focus on getting into game shape. Randle and Madsen both said the rookie is going to be a very tough cover in one-on-one. The addition of Boozer is going to hurt Randle's production, which is unfortunate because he could have turned in a big rookie season. Jul 19 - 3:27 PM

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Julius Randle played 21 minutes in his professional debut on Sunday, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, three fouls and two turnovers on 4-of-9 from the field.

He signed his contract just before the game and wasn't even on the team bus. In his post-game interview, Randle said today was his first 5-on-5 since the NCAA National Championship Game and he played "decent." The rookie had some nice post moves and was even able to beat his man off the dribble. On the defensive side, he was doing a lot of switching and was very active. He's still probably not 100 percent, but there is a lot to like here. He's certainly worth drafting near the end of a standard-league draft.
Jul 13 - 6:45 PM

Lakers rookie Julius Randle will make his Summer League debut on Sunday.

Randle's status came down to the wire but evidently the Lakers had him sign his rookie-scale contract in time for tip-off. He's said repeatedly that his foot is "not an issue" and he should have a big week against inferior competition in the Summer League.
Jul 13 - 4:00 PM

Julius Randle has still not officially signed his contract with the Lakers, and is very unlikely to play in Friday's Summer League game vs. Toronto.

The only holdup here is the contract, and not Randle's foot. The Lakers have been delaying signing Randle to his rookie contract to maximize cap space for a potential Carmelo Anthony signing, but Carmelo signing in LA is now extremely unlikely. Randle should be considered questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans.
Jul 11 - 5:42 PM

Julius Randle will not play on Friday vs. the Raptors.

It's because he hasn't signed his contract yet and not because of his foot issue. Randle has a chance to play on Sunday for the Lakers, and would likely be a key part of their offensive attack.
Jul 11 - 5:36 PM

Lakers draft pick Julius Randle is traveling with their Summer League team but may not play in Friday's opener, as he hasn't signed his rookie contract.

L.A. is trying to maximize their spending ability until Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James are completely off the table, so they've delayed Randle's signing while awaiting clarity in free agency. He could still play on Friday even if he signs "an hour before tipoff," and the good news is that his availability has nothing to do with his foot injury.
Jul 11 - 1:09 PM

Julius Randle again was asked about the health of his foot, and his answer remains the same, it is not an issue.

"It's not an issue at all," said Randle. "I'm [medically] cleared to play." Julius is probably sick of answering questions about his foot at this point, considering the answer has consistently been the same. However, questions will likely continue to be asked until he sees some action on the court. Randle hopes to suit up for Friday's summer league game vs. Toronto, but that can't happen until he signs his contract with the Lakers.
Jul 7 - 2:32 PM

Julius Randle does not need surgery on his foot and is expected to play in Las Vegas Summer League.

He had a second opinion on his foot on Wednesday and it seems he'll be ready for his first action as a pro on July 11 as long as he gets his deal done. Randle figures to get some solid playing time with the Lakers in Vegas and should be a focal point for the offense.
Jul 2 - 9:13 PM

Lakers draft pick Julius Randle will visit a foot specialist in Indiana on Wednesday, but he's not expected to require pre-emptive surgery.

Randle plans to play for L.A.'s Summer League team and he's in a good position as a rookie on a wide-open Lakers roster. Early indications about the health of his foot are positive, but we'll get a much clearer picture once the results of his Wednesday checkup are disclosed.
Jul 1 - 3:11 PM

Julius Randle said he "can come in and contribute right away" in his introductory press conference on Monday.

He added he "plans to play" in Las Vegas Summer League, which would be a huge statement about the health of his ankle. The Lakers are likely going to have a thin roster with Kobe's massive contract and Steve Nash also getting paid, so the minutes should be there for Randle. His prospective fantasy owners can expect his minutes to come in the 20s.
Jul 1 - 10:40 AM

Questions came up about Julius Randle's foot during his introductory press conference with the Lakers, but management doesn't think it will be an issue.

GM Mitch Kupchak said that the Lakers are putting Randle through a variety of physicals this week to test his foot, but they don't expect that surgery will be needed. Kupchak also stated that Randle will "get minutes, not just because we need players. But he'll earn it." The Lakers organization clearly views Randle as a high caliber player, and he is in a good situation from a fantasy standpoint to be a reliable contributor during the 2014-15 season.
Jun 30 - 3:11 PM

Julius Randle said he'd rather play against LeBron James than play with him.

"I want to beat the best," Randle said. "Maybe in the future I'd want to play with him. I've been watching him my whole life. I'd rather compete against him and try and beat him than be on his team." The front office definitely doesn't agree with Randle and would do just about anything to bring LeBron to the Lakers. Randle doesn't sound like he'll have foot surgery and is expected to play in summer league.
Jun 27 - 11:55 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak said he doesn't expect Julius Randle (foot) to have surgery.

Randle added that he thinks he will be ready to play in Las Vegas Summer League. It's certainly not a sure thing that Randle won't have surgery because he did add that he would be ready for the season if he does have the surgery on his foot. Las Vegas Summer League is in two weeks, so whether or not Randle plays will be a huge indicator of how healthy he really is. As for fantasy, he's in one of the best positions to put up numbers of any rookie.
Jun 27 - 10:32 AM

The Lakers drafted Kentucky PF Julius Randle with the No. 7 pick of the draft.

He's a lefty and emerged as one of the best offensive rebounders in the NCAA during the National Championship tournament, finishing his season with averages of 15.0 points, 10.4 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.8 blocks and 2.3 fouls in 30.8 minutes per game. He's not a great shooter, but is one of the better bigs in this draft (think Zach Randolph), and should immediately make an impact for the Lakers, who still have a lot of positions and roles to fill. Randle has also been in the news lately for possibly getting surgery on his foot, which is stemming from screws placed in his foot back in his high school days. He still went through his workouts with teams and had vehemently denied the reports of getting surgery. Later in the evening, he would say he thinks he'll be ready to play in Summer League.
Jun 26 - 8:18 PM

Julius Randle (foot) turned down a second workout for the Celtics because he said he's done enough.

Players have said the Celtics have one of the tougher workouts and it's certainly fair for Randle to turn this workout down just a day before the draft, but of course anyone who has followed his story this month can't help but think of it being because of his foot. He's likely to be going in the lottery tomorrow.
Jun 25 - 4:05 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Steve Nash
2Jeremy Lin
3Jordan Clarkson
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Xavier Henry
SF1Nick Young
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ed Davis
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre