After much time has passed since their days in Los Angeles, former teammates D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle may be on track to meet up again this summer.
After a successful season in New Orleans, Frank Urbina of HoopsHype detailed how the Nets, and a reunion with Russell, could be a viable option for the young forward star.
“Next to exciting young center Jarrett Allen, Randle could help form one of the most synergistic and productive frontcourts in the East. Also, with Randle and 2018-19 All-Star D’Angelo Russell reuniting, the team’s pick-and-roll potential would be through the roof. In fact, Randle is even versatile enough to run some pick-and-roll sets himself as the ball-handler and with Allen as the screen-setter, forcing opposing teams into awkward situations defensively. Randle may not be on the level of some of Brooklyn’s top targets, but as a secondary option, he would be cheaper and has the upside to make the move more than worthwhile for the Nets.”
Playing alongside Anthony Davis in the frontcourt, Julius averaged 21.4 points per game and 8.7 rebounds on 52% shooting. He will likely opt-out of his 2-year deal with the Pelicans and become a free agent for the second straight summer.
If the Nets happen to strike out on the top free agent targets, he is a realistic Plan B for them, considering their rather shallow depth in the frontcourt. He’d be an undeniably great addition, giving them a big man who can knock down shots from beyond the arc and score around the rim.
He and D’Lo had great chemistry in Los Angeles — but the question is if Brooklyn will have enough room for him to make the reunion possible. If they get a guy like Jimmy Butler or Kyrie Irving, then the former University of Kentucky star will likely have to look elsewhere for the next chapter of his stellar young career.