Rob Pelinka: Lakers have shown “mutual interest” in re-signing Julius Randle

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April 10, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (4) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are aiming to sign one or more star free agents this summer. With that plan, however, comes a distinct lack of clarity on other decisions.

One of those decisions pertains to Julius Randle’s free agency. The big man had a breakout season last year, playing all 82 games as arguably the Lakers’ best player. Now set to hit restricted free agency in a market with little cap space, Randle’s future in LA is under question.

Since the end of the season, the Lakers have indicated an interest in bringing back the Kentucky product and Randle has spoken about his desire to re-sign with his childhood favorite team.

That appears to still be the case as Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka told Tania Ganguli of the LA Times:

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka told The Times on Friday that the Lakers’ front office is constantly in touch with Julius Randle’s representatives, and there has been “a mutual exchange of interest and hoping that we can work something out for both sides.”

That’s a promising sign for Lakers fans hoping the team will re-sign its best player to continue growing with the young core whether a star joins them or not.

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