With the NBA trade deadline nearing its end, it is looking less likely that the Los Angeles Lakers will make any drastic changes for the rest of the year. That said, it seems the Lakers still did their due diligence by fielding interest on power forward Julius Randle.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding Randle’s future in Los Angeles. However, the offers from other teams were reportedly not enough to spur any sort of trade, according to ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski
So far, the Lakers have turned down several teams offering second-round picks for Julius Randle, league sources tell ESPN. No one will offer a first with him headed into restricted free agency.
Randle has endured a roller-coaster 2017-18 NBA season amidst all the trade talks. Regardless, he has still managed to become perhaps the most consistent player on the Lakers’ young roster. However, it seems teams are more willing to see how things play out in free agency this summer.
Although Los Angeles has made a habit of finding gems that often go overlooked in each draft, it goes without saying that Randle is worth much more than a second-round pick. At this point, it would not do much good for the Lakers to shortchange themselves at the last second of the deadline.