Since it looks like the Lakers are building a superteam with LeBron and the new stars to support him, there's a good chance Rondo will meet up with his former team in the 2018 National Basketball Association finals. He'll join new Laker additions James, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson. Pacific time and followed an interesting Monday of free agency action.
Naturally with such a bold move going down, everyone assumed a major move was on the horizon.
Then, if you're a free agent and Golden State calls you as they did with Cousins, it's like he hit the lottery. This would change a bit if the Lakers were to trade for Kawhi Leonard, but L.A. would also have to trade salaries in that deal as well. Or would the Lakers just do something flat-out weird.
Interestingly, the Lakers inked former Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year, $9 million deal right after the news broke that Randle was no longer part of Los Angeles' plans.
Randle, 23, says he's "excited about the future" in New Orleans.
According to multiple reports Monday, Payton's deal is worth around $2.7 million over one year. That cap space could increase to $16 million if the team uses the waive-and-stretch provision on Luol Deng, which would stretch out the $36 million owed to him over five seasons. A LeBron-Boogie duo on the Lakers would surely be fun to watch. He averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in 63 contests (all starts) last season, all right in line with his career average. Cousins is more of a low-post threat than Randle, but both players have good passing and vision for big men.
It's unclear what the market is like for Randle, who starred collegiately at Kentucky.