HoopsHype Julius Randle rumors

November 23, 2014 Updates

Bryant will make $25 million at 37 years old while Nick Young, Julius Randle and Ryan Kelly take up another $10 million. Various player options (Ed Davis) and team options (Jordan Clarkson, Robert Sacre) could add another $3 million, though Davis could opt out and drive that number even higher. Leave room for an estimated $5 million for their likely two first-round draft picks. It's easy to see the Lakers allocating $43 million toward only nine players amid a conservatively estimated salary cap of $66 million for 2015-16. Throw in troublesome mandatory things called "cap holds" and the Lakers have only $21.5 million to spend next summer on free agents. Los Angeles Times

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David Aldridge: A few people have asked if Julius Randle would be eligible for Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 if he, as the Lakers now believe, will miss the rest of this season after breaking his leg in his first pro game Tuesday. I'm checking w/the league, but believe that he would not be because he did play (all too briefly, unfortunately) in a regular season game during his rookie season. If you recall, Blake Griffin won the ROTY in 2010-11 after missing every game of what would have been his rookie season (2009-10) due to a knee injury. Randle's situation is so unique, though, it wouldn't surprise me if there was special dispensation given by the league in his case. Twitter @daldridgetnt

Lakers forward Julius Randle, who suffered a fractured tibia of his right leg in last night’s game versus the Houston Rockets, underwent a successful surgery today to repair the fracture. The surgery was performed by Dr. Donald Wiss at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Randle is expected to make a full recovery, although it is anticipated that he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. NBA.com

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle got some unexpected support this morning after breaking his leg in his NBA debut -- when two players from the opposing team visited him in the hospital. Randle broke his right tibia while the Lakers were playing the Houston Rockets in L.A. on Tuesday night -- and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. But before he went under the knife Wednesday morning -- he was visited by James Harden and Trevor Ariza ... who stopped by to check up on the 19-year-old. We're told Randle was touched by the visit -- and was in good spirits overall. TMZ.com

Rookie Julius Randle sustained a broken tibia in his right leg and was carted off on a stretcher after a collision with two Rockets players in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 108-90 loss in their season opener Tuesday. Los Angeles Times

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