Next season, it will be like the Lakers added two Top 7 draft picks.
There’s whomever they end up drafting at No. 2 on June 28, plus there is Julius Randle, the No. 7 pick from last year’s draft.
Randle was one of the many season-changing injuries in the NBA this season, having fractured his tibia in the Lakers’ opener after having played just 14 minutes. He missed the rest of the Lakers’ campaign, and while he was out had a second surgery to deal with a screw in his foot from a couple years earlier.
Now he is back and told Bill Oram at the Orange County Register he feels 100 percent.
Asked if he was 100 percent yet, Randle said, “I believe I am. The last time I checked probably about a month ago, the bone was 95 percent healed. I feel great.”
The Lakers may be the team to watch at Summer League with Jordan Clarkson at the point (unsure if or how much he plays there) feeding Randle and likely either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor (whichever one Minnesota doesn’t take).
If Towns falls to LA they would have an all Kentucky front court with Towns and Randle.