Julius Randle to see foot specialist in Indiana

Lakers' top draft pick Julius Randle said he can't wait to become a teammate of Kobe Bryant. (Brad Graverson / Staff Photographer)

Lakers’ top draft pick Julius Randle said he can’t wait to become a teammate of Kobe Bryant. (Brad Graverson / Staff Photographer)

In what the Lakers say serves as a cautionary measure, rookie forward Julius Randle will see foot specialist Dr. David Porter in Indiana on Wednesday to make sure that his right foot does not need surgery.

Randle’s plans were first reported in today’s editions of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, but it was not clear which doctor he was seeing. According to league sources familiar with his itinerary, Randle saw two different doctors on Monday prior to his Lakers’ introductory press conference. He is spending Tuesday traveling to Indiana.

The Lakers anticipate receiving the results either late Wednesday or early Thursday, but they do not anticipate Randle will need surgery to treat his right foot after a pin was incorrectly placed there after he broke it while playing for his Dallas-area high school.

Despite his injury, Randle averaged a nation-leading 24 double-doubles for the Wildcats and played in all 40 games last season. Randle said he “plans to play” in the Las Vegas Summer league from July 11-21.


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