Bill Oram: Julius Randle walked into arena wearing a sweatshirt that said “PAY ME” on the back. Asked him about it and he seemed unaware of that fact and said he bought it last year. When I said some may interpret it as some kind of statement, he said, “You can interpret it how you want.”
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While the Lakers have had conversations with Randle and his representatives about an extension, the team has made it very clear that it plans to do everything it can to maintain its cap space to go after a couple of stars in free agency next summer. That means Randle will likely have to wait before getting the extension he wants.
“If it is right for both sides, we’ll see,” Randle said of trying to get a contract extension done early. “All I can really focus on is playing basketball. I can’t really focus on the contract situation. At the end of the day, I am letting my agent handle all of that,” Randle added. “We have great communication and we are on the same page and he is in communication with the front office about that. Because if I think about that day in and day out, I will drive myself crazy.”
Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers: Talks have just begun in earnest, but the Lakers have, as we all seem to know, plans for next summer, when they hope to sign two max free agents. Tying up any money for anyone else, including Randle, seems unlikely until Los Angeles makes its moves in 2018.
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June 20, 2018 | 10:56 pm EDT Update
Chris Mannix: Luka Doncic continues to be a strong candidate in Sacramento at No. 2, league sources told @YahooSports. And something else worth remembering here: Doncic is a pretty safe pick, and would be a popular one in Sacto.
Ohm Youngmisuk: The Lakers brought Arizona’s Allonzo Trier in for a second workout this week, according to league sources. The Lakers are looking to improve their shooting and Trier shot better in the second workout than his first according to sources. The 6-5 guard’s stock could be rising.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lakers worked out a ton of guys who could go in the second round. They’re targeting shooting and versatility in this draft and also could look at versatile bigs like Michigan’s Mo Wagner, who can rebound and stretch the floor. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
June 20, 2018 | 10:12 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon has exercised his $7.2M player option for next season, league sources tell Yahoo.