Lakers to work out Julius Randle on Tuesday

In their ongoing quest to evaluate prospects leading up to the NBA Draft, the Lakers will work out Kentucky forward Julius Randle on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility.

Randle will complete an individual workout, which starkly contrasts the Lakers first pre-draft workout that featured 12 prospects competing in a series of shooting, ball handling, three-on-three and two-on-two drills. But Randle’s workout should notably answer some concerns surrounding a recent Yahoo! report that says he will need surgery on his right foot after the draft on June 26. The report also states that Randle is expected to sit out for six to eight weeks following the draft, though he is expected to be healthy by training camp.

Randle vented his frustrations surrounding the story through Twitter, though he never specifically denied what was reported.

Regardless, this development could hurt Randle’s draft stock, a scenario that could benefit the Lakers when they have their seventh overall pick.

Analysts compare Randle to Memphis forward Zach Randolph for his bruising play and nation-leading 24 double doubles last season with the Wildcats. But questions also persist on Randolph’s defense and health.

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  • Dorian Holden

    Randle is 4th out of 4 on the realist list. You know the big four is gone but I prefer Vonley, Smart, Gordan then Randle!!

  • LarryM

    Gordon should be taken if he is available- he is a gym rat like Kobe and a willing learner- I think he is the right choice if available

  • Mendez

    My choices are Gordon or Zack Lavine.

  • borsalino12

    My choice is Gordon. If not available, we can go and pic Dario Saric from Croatia.