Before the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline, the Dallas Mavericks had their sites on Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle but failed to make a deal. This offseason, Randle becomes a restricted free-agent and Dallas is a favorite to offer a contract to him, according to Bleacher Report.
If Randle wants a larger role on a team and the ability to become the face of a franchise, Dallas could be his best destination. Los Angeles is expected to let Randle slide this offseason as they will attempt to clear as much cap space as possible to land a superstar name including LeBron James or California native Paul George. Signing with Dallas would mean a much larger role with the team—in 2017-18, Randle averaged 26.7 minutes per game and lost his starting spot to Kyle Kuzma and Larry Nance Jr. before he was traded to Cleveland.
Randle, 23, grew up in Plano, Texas located just twenty miles northeast of downtown Dallas. Returning home could also help lure him to the Mavericks.
Dallas, who has struggled over the last couple of seasons are desperate to land a game-changing star. Though 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki is still producing, Dallas needs a young big-man like Randle who plays on both ends of the court, can stuff-the-stat-sheet, and crash the boards at will.
Randle caught the attention of Nowitzki during a matchup in Februrary calling the 23-year-old forward a “beast” anytime the Mavericks attempted to swarm him in the paint. A beast, he was. Randle recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists while leading Los Angeles over Dallas 124-102 in that particular matchup.
Depending on if Wesley Johnson opts-out of his contract or if the Mavericks renounces Doug McDermott’s rights, Dallas can offer Randle anywhere between $15-20 million a year. Even if Los Angeles wants to keep Randle by matching any contract offered to him, they will essentially hurt themselves because it would count against their cap and bring the chances of landing a superstar down.
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In 82 games for Los Angeles in 2017-18, Randle averaged a career-high 16.1 points along with 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in a modest 26.7 minutes per game. At 6-foot-9, Randle is a bit undersized for his position but makes up for it with his physicality and rebounding.
With so many big names in the free-agency pool this offseason, Randle’s name could float under the radar. Randle is just 23-years-old and hasn’t even come close to his potential. Selecting a promising prospect with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and signing Randle could allow Dallas to make huge strides next season.
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