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Report: Ex-Cat Julius Randle agrees to join Anthony Davis in New Orleans

Julius Randle (30) has reportedly found a new NBA home after being allowed by the Los Angeles Lakers to become an unrestricted free agent.
Julius Randle (30) has reportedly found a new NBA home after being allowed by the Los Angeles Lakers to become an unrestricted free agent. AP

Former University of Kentucky standout Anthony Davis lost one former Wildcat but replaced him with a new one on Monday.

Julius Randle, who was allowed by the Los Angeles Lakers to become an unrestricted free agent Monday, quickly agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The move came shortly after Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo, another former UK player, reportedly agreed to a contract with the Lakers.

According to the ESPN report, Davis was instrumental in recruiting Randle to New Orleans. That could signal that Pelicans free agent center and ex-Cat DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out.

The Lakers, who secured a commitment from LeBron James on Sunday night, are rumored to have interest in Cousins, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

Rondo is expected to be replaced in New Orleans by free agent point guard Elfrid Payton, who finished last season in Phoenix after a trade from Orlando. Payton, a New Orleans native, reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Pelicans on Sunday.

Randle, 23, 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.

Davis led the Pelicans to the Western Conference semifinals in 2017-18.

Former UK basketball player Julius Randle returned to Lexington this weekend to show off spiffy new courts at the Charles Young Center.

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