Lakers may choose not to trade Julius Randle, keep him in long-term plans

“I think (it is) more likely there is going to be a lot of people who don’t get traded because the fact remains Julius Randle is a lottery pick. He’s playing pretty darn well right now. He’s a valuable player for them. They don’t have any incentive to trade him right now because he’s not making money. The guys who are making money are Jordan Clarkson and Luol Deng. Nobody really wants Luol Deng. That’s somebody they’d be lucky if they could find a trade partner for him and they would probably have to give up picks or like a young they don’t want to give up or whatever it is just to get rid of his contract. But even then, they don’t have to do anything about Deng until the off-season when they have a better sense of whether they’re getting certain free agents.

I don’t see that happening until they have a better sense of what kind of cap space they really need to get. We all talk about how they need to have max cap space, yeah but you can wait until the summer to get it. You don’t have to make trades now under duress when everybody knows you’re trying to make trades. You only make the trade if there’s something good there where you don’t have to take back salary or maybe you can get a pick out of it. To me, Julius Randle, they can do a qualifying offer with him. They don’t have to do anything. They can wait until after free agency even to make him a qualifying offer. I don’t know that we’re going to see that much in terms of trades.”

-Ramona Shelburne of ESPN