Lakers renounce rights to Randle and agree to terms with Rondo

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Then, the Lakers spent $9 million on Rondo. Randle requested the move, according to a report from ESPN.

Randle, 23, now becomes an unrestricted free agent and the Lakers gain salary-cap space by renouncing the man they extended a $5.6 million qualifying offer to last week. Rondo led the Pelicans to a first-round Western Conference playoffs sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.

LeBron James' decision to join the Lakers marked an excellent start to Magic Johnson's plan to turn Los Angeles into a contender. Now, they're bringing in Rajon Rondo, according to USA TODAY Sports.

The Lakers came to an agreement with free-agent star LeBron James on Sunday and have been active in free agency, coming to terms with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, center JaVale McGee and guard Lance Stephenson.

A source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that James has been consulted on all the team's recent moves.

With Ball still on the team, Rondo appears to be the backup point guard.

He has bounced around a bit since being traded from the Celtics during the 2014-15 season, ending his eight-plus year run in Boston.

During the NBA Finals, James frequently mentioned he felt it was necessary to play with high basketball IQ players in order to compete with teams like the two-time defending champion Warriors.

The New Orleans Pelicans lost one major piece on Monday (July 2) and replaced it with another one.

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