LA Lakers extend qualifying offer to Julius Randle

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 28, 2018 07:05 AM
LA Lakers extend qualifying offer to Julius Randle
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 31: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the Orlando Magic on January 31, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have extended a $5.6 million qualifying offer to forward Julius Randle, making him a restricted free agent.

The Lakers made the move Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), ensuring they can match any offer sheet from another team signed by Randle starting on July 8 (July 9, PHL time).

The 23-year-old Randle is coming off his best season with the Lakers, who chose him with the seventh overall pick in 2014. He averaged a career-high 16.1 points with 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists while playing in all 82 games.

But the Lakers hope to be a major player in free agency next month, so it’s unclear whether they will retain Randle. They might need to renounce Randle’s rights or otherwise move him to clear salary cap space for two superstars.

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