In the least surprising news of the NBA offseason, the Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue signing Julius Randle this July. This comes from a report from the Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor who lists Randle, DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan as the Mavs’ primary targets.
It should be noted that O’Connor’s report is worded as “multiple league sources” expecting the Mavs to work with that strategy meaning it’s not an inside source from the organization itself.
That said, there should be no surprise about Randle’s connection to the Mavericks. The Kentucky product was born and raised in Dallas and his best games have often come in front of his friends and family in Texas. In 11 career games against the Mavericks, Randle has averaged a nice 16.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while shooting over 55 percent from the field.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle had plenty of praise for Randle this season after seeing the big man produce against his team.
Randle’s future with the Lakers is as cloudy as ever. The Lakers say there’s been mutual interest in the two sides coming to an agreement (and Randle has indicated he wants to stay in LA) but the big man’s agent has made it clear that they are not aware of the Lakers’ priorities in free agency.
Working in the Lakers favor is the lack of cap space across the NBA this summer as well as Randle’s status as a restricted free agent. Nevertheless, it will be a busy offseason for both sides.