Julius Randle’s pre-game routine went beyond stretching and squeezing in some practice shots. It also entailed Randle signing his contract.
The Lakers delayed signing Randle’s four-year deal that includes a $2.9 million salary the first two years and a team options his last two years for a simple reason. The Lakers’ front office wanted extra cap space to pursue free agents, most notably Carmelo Anthony.
But with the majority of the Lakers’ free agent work complete, Randle signed his contract about 20 minutes before playing in the Lakers’ summer league game on Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans in Las Vegas. He posted 10 points and two rebounds in 21 minutes. The contract delay forced Randle to sit out of the Lakers’ summer league opener in a loss Friday against Toronto.
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