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Julius Randle signing contract with New Orleans Pelicans

The Lakers and Pelicans keep trading players.

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Several former Kentucky Wildcats are changing teams for the 2018-19 NBA season.

Earlier Monday, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Lakers had renounced their rights to Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Shortly thereafter, the Lakers signed former New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year contract.

Now, it appears the Pelicans have landed a former Laker.

According to Woj, Randle will sign a two-year contract with the Pelicans. It is reportedly worth $18 million, so it’s a nice bump up from Randle making $4.1 million for the 2017-18 season.

This past season, Randle had his best year in the pros after being drafted seventh overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. Randle averaged 16.1 points, eight rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He also shot a career-high 55.8 percent from the field to cap off his best season so far.

Now, Randle will play with former Wildcats Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins. Meanwhile, DeMarcus Cousins is all but ensured of playing for a new team in 2018-19, and it looks like it could be with the Lakers.

Needless to say, this has been an eventual few days for former Wildcats in the NBA. Hopefully, it’s for the better of all their pro careers.

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