Randle released by Lakers, becomes free agent

Julius Randle signed with New Orleans in July.

The Los Angeles Lakers have renounced the rights to power forward Julius Randle, according to ESPN.

Randle will now become an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team.

He appeared in all 82 games last season, compiling averages of 16.2 points and 8.0 rebounds last season.

Randle, 23, was selected with the No. 7 overall pick in 2014. He appeared in one game his first season, but has played at least 74 in every season since.

Clearly, Randle was a victim of a numbers game, with the Lakers adding superstar LeBron James in free agency, as well as center JaVale McGee, point guard Rajon Rondo and swingman Lance Stephenson.