Julius Randle has been working hard during the NBA offseason along with the Lakers young talents, as they prepare for the upcoming season without their legendary leader Kobe Bryant.
L.A. had the worst franchise record of 17-65, but they have now made adjustments starting with a new head coach Luke Walton, who’s also a former Laker and is likely to be a uniting factor for being able to communicate through them at a different level.
Luke Walton is expected to bring the Golden State Warriors type of basketball to L.A. after spending 2014-16 as an assistant to Steve Kerr.
That being said, NBA rumors circulate that he’s trying to evolve forward Julius Randle as a Draymond Green- a more complete player with range.
He averaged 11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds while shooting 42.9 percent from the field last season, but has been poor from behind the arc. And because of it a report by Morning USA paints an uncertain future with Los Angeles.
As NBA rumors have it, Luke Walton prefers Larry Nance to Randle, and the latter faces a possible Nikola Mirotic Bulls trade.
Nikola Mirotic is deemed more suitable to Walton’s projected game strategy of speed and high 3-point onslaught. Apart from Nikola Mirotic being more fit in a small ball offensive game, he averaged 11.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, .390 3P% last season.
Would a Nikola Mirotic Bulls trade be possible, especially after Chicago lost Pau Gasol? It sure does sound suspect, as it apparently weakens the Bulls core group.
Is Julius Randle Lakers future really uncertain? According to a report by Lakers Nation he’s been practicing a lot on his 3-point capability. He’s bounced back well after his tibia injury, and is looking to improve even more this season, as well as becoming a better piece to Walton’s plans.
Is Julius Randle Lakers version of Draymond Green? If he were able to become a more versatile player, would a Nikola Mirotic Bulls trade still make sense?
Even if such a swap would benefit the Lakers it is still unlikely to push through considering that the Bulls are recovering not just from a Pau Gasol exit, but Joakim Noah as well.
On Larry Nance improving his game, Luke Walton said, “He’s a great passer. He has phenomenal hands on the defensive end. And he always seems to be in the right place. He’s looking to make the right play before he’s looking to score 20 (points).
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