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Julius Randle | Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 11/29/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 250
College: Kentucky
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Jim Buss is upbeat about Julius Randle and said that he is a beast.
"He's a beast," Buss said. "He's been working out with some ex-NBA players and handling himself very well. He's super strong, very fit." Randle looked rusty at times during the summer league which is to be expected, but he did look powerful and confident and it doesn't appear that his leg will be a concern. Randle is the favorite to start at power forward over Brandon Bass, so he is worth a look in the later rounds if you don't mind a little risk. Aug 28 - 12:20 PM

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Lakers trainer Gary Vitti made sure to enforce Julius Randle's minutes restriction during the summer leagues despite Randle's frustrations.

"The (Summer League) minute limit was absolutely by design," Vitti said. "The first goal was just to play in Summer League, whether that’s one minute or 20 minutes. The second goal is to be unrestricted by (the start of) training camp. The third goal is to be unrestricted by the (start of the) regular season. We reached the first goal. We didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize the first goal, which was to play." Randle made some positive strides this summer, and he is on track to be 100 percent for the start of training camp. He will be competing with Brandon Bass for the starting PF slot, so he should definitely be able to win that battle.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 4 - 2:48 PM

Julius Randle scored 17 points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

After the game, Randle said the summer league minutes restriction is frustrating and he's just focusing on keeping everything in perspective. As for his performance today, he looked like the player the Lakers wanted him to be. Randle wasn't forcing the contact quite so much today and he seemed to know where the double teams were going to come from. He also did more ball handling today on the offensive end.
Jul 15 - 10:51 PM

Julius Randle logged 19 minutes in Monday's exhibition game against the Knicks, scoring seven points on 2-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, one steal and one block.

As long as Randle is getting minutes in this range or better over the next week it can be considered a success after last year's leg injury. The Lakers' big man depth isn't all that great and all signs point to him having as many minutes as he can physically handle.
Jul 13 - 11:52 PM

Julius Randle (rest) will not play on Saturday.

The team is simply giving him the night off after he returned to action on Friday against the Wolves. Randle played 21 minutes and was certainly active, but he did look pretty rusty. He also looks like he put on a little weight, but that's usually what happens when a player is sidelined for an entire season. He will be competing with Brandon Bass for the starting power forward spot next season, but he is obviously the favorite to win that battle.
Jul 11 - 2:22 PM

Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that Julius Randle and Brandon Bass will compete for the starting power forward spot.

"I’m hoping that Julius takes the lead and jumps on that opportunity to be our starting power forward," Scott said. "But I’ll let it play out." It sounds like Randle has the inside track on starting on opening night, and the good news was that he looked very active in Friday's summer league debut. We will be following this story very closely all summer.
Jul 11 - 2:12 PM

Julius Randle played 21 minutes in his return to action on Friday during an 81-68 loss to the Wolves, scoring 11 points with one rebound and four turnovers.

It was his first game action since breaking his leg in the opener last season. As for how he looked today, he made it a point to attack the basket and didn't to care about the contact on the offensive side. Randle looked to be 100 percent and was able to beat his man on face-up isolation plays. He is going to rest Saturday against the 76ers.
Jul 10 - 11:24 PM

Julius Randle is expected to play on Friday, but will not play on Saturday.

"It’s a blessing to be back on the court," Randle said. "I’m doing what I love so I can’t complain. A lot of fun getting up and down. I’m just playing the game, so I can’t complain." He suffered a fractured leg in his first NBA game and has already been going through 5-on-5 work. We'll be watching him closely on Friday.
Jul 8 - 4:56 PM

Julius Randle reportedly looks healthy and powerful, and has made major strides in improving his ball handling and shooting abilities.

Randle's rookie season ended after just one game last year, but he'll be primed for a much larger role with the Lakers during the 2015-16 season. If he can beat out Brandon Bass for the starting power forward position in Los Angeles, he'll be worth a late-round pick in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jul 7 - 4:59 PM

Julius Randle lost 15 pounds and is on the summer league roster.

He has been going through 5-on-5 and there has been no indication of him being limited. Randle losing weight bodes well for him with D'Angelo Russell likely wanting to push the pace. Plus, Roy Hibbert being a sub-par offensive player also helps his case for offense. We'll be tracking him on Friday during his first game action since a fractured leg.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 6 - 7:51 PM

Jullius Randle did some drills on Monday and threw down an alley-oop dunk.

There is still no official word that he'll be ready for summer league, but most signs point to that happening. Randle was hurt heading into summer league last year, but he really came on to close out the event. His fantasy value will depend on how well the Lakers do in free agency.
Jun 29 - 3:19 PM

Julius Randle is playing full-court, full-speed 1-on-1.

He has been at the team's facility on a daily basis and looks terrific, according to team reporter Mike Trudell. Randle hasn't been officially cleared for summer league, but that seems like a fair target for the Kentucky product. With the Lakers not taking a big man at two, they'll likely address that need in free agency.
Jun 26 - 3:03 AM

The Lakers are unwilling to part with Julius Randle in a potential trade that would net them DeMarcus Cousins.

This was really funny. We even wrote it down in our diary - the source behind this report told a very funny joke today.
Jun 25 - 3:25 PM

Julius Randle believes that his leg is 100 percent and said that his surgically-repaired foot is no longer a factor in his recovery.

"I believe I am," Randle said when asked if he was 100 percent. "The last time I checked probably about a month ago, the bone was 95 percent healed. I feel great." The news just keeps getting better for Randle, and it should also be noted that he was recently cleared for half court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 sessions with full contact. All signs point to him being ready to play at the Las Vegas Summer League, and there is no reason why he couldn't carve out a sizable role on the Lakers next season if he has a strong showing.
May 31 - 10:34 AM

Julius Randle (leg) has been cleared for full contact half court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 sessions.

Randle's next step will be going through 4-on-4 drills, but he continues to move in a positive direction, and at this rate he should be good to go for Las Vegas Summer League. The Lakers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason with regards to the roster, but depending on how things shake out, Randle may have the opportunity to step into a starting role next season. As always, will continue to track his progress closely this offseason.
May 28 - 3:33 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1D'Angelo Russell
2Lou Williams
3Dwight Buycks
SG1Jordan Clarkson
2Nick Young
3Jabari Brown
4Michael Frazier II
SF1Kobe Bryant
2Ryan Kelly
3Anthony Brown
4Jonathan Holmes
PF1Julius Randle
2Brandon Bass
3Larry Nance
C1Roy Hibbert
2Tarik Black
3Robert Sacre