It turns out Randle will start off with the Lakers on the right foot, both literally and figuratively.
Randle, whom the Lakers selected seventh overall in last week’s draft, spent Wednesday in Indiana visiting foot specialist Dr. David Porter, who determined he will not surgery to correct an incorrect pin placed in his right foot.
The Lakers have cleared Randle to play, beginning with their Vegas Summer League team from July 11-21. Randle still had to sign a contract, but that’s expected to take place before play begins.
Contrary to reports citing concerns from unnamed NBA executives before last week’s draft, neither the Lakers nor Randle expected he would need surgery. Randle impressed the Lakers in an individual workout last month without showing any limitations on his foot. Randle also appeared in all 40 games last season with the University of Kentucky and posted a nation-leading 24 double doubles. But Randle visited two doctors on Monday in Los Angeles and traveled to Indiana for another foot examination for precautionary reasons.
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