1. Brooklyn Nets
The best suitor for a Julius Randle trade has to be the Brooklyn Nets. While Brooklyn already took in the massive contract of Timofey Mozgov, the team may be interested in stocking up on their young talent while they can. With familiarity already in place between Randle and former point guard D’Angelo Russell, the two could form a dynamic duo across the nation.
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Russell is already thriving as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, leaving some Laker fans to question why he was dealt in the first place. Russell looked great in the Nets’ second preseason game, dropping 19 points on 7-14 shooting and four assists in 25 minutes. Russell is going to be the number one option on that team, and rightfully so.
One position the Nets could definitely improve in is at power forward. DeMare Carroll is currently penciled in as the starting power forward, but is much better as his more natural small forward position. If the Nets acquire Randle, they can move Carroll back to the three and allow Randle to eat a surplus of minutes at the four.
In exchange, the Nets have another expiring contract in Trevor Booker they can send LA. If the Lakers want to get rid of Luol Deng, they may have to take on a two-year deal, such as Jeremy Lin’s. Or, the team can bring in the Celtics’ 2018 draft pick, as they currently do not have a first-round selection.
For the Nets, Randle makes the most sense. For Julius Randle, outside of LA, the Nets are his best fit. While the Lakers may be hesitant to trade Randle now, that all can change with the right price; especially if Kyle Kuzma continues to thrive.