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Reports: Randle out, Rondo in as Lakers fit pieces around LeBron

Rajon Rondo reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.
Rajon Rondo reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. AP

The Los Angeles Lakers began making moves quickly Monday after bringing LeBron James aboard Sunday night, and two former Kentucky Wildcats were in the middle of the action.

The Lakers reportedly renounced the rights to Julius Randle, making the forward an unrestricted free agent, and agreed to a contract with point guard Rajon Rondo. Both reports came from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, citing sources.

Randle, who just finished his fourth season in Los Angeles, was a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Lakers had the opportunity to match any offer he received. Randle now has the right to move wherever he wants.

Randle averaged 16.1 points and eight rebounds in 2017-18. The Lakers did not reach the playoffs during his four seasons. He was the No. 7 overall draft pick out of Kentucky in 2014 but played in only one game his rookie season before breaking a leg.

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Julius Randle left the Los Angeles Lakers to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans. Mark Cornelison Herald-Leader

Rondo, who is reportedly joining the Lakers on a one-year contract, has played 12 years in the NBA. The four-time All-Star played eight-plus seasons in Boston and won an NBA championship with the Celtics but has been a journeyman of late, spending time with Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago and New Orleans in the past four seasons.

Rondo averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists in helping lead the Pelicans to the Western Conference semifinals last season.

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