Lakers extend qualifying offer to Randle

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The Los Angeles Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to power forward Julius Randle, the team announced.

Randle becomes a restricted free agent now. He can sign an offer sheet with another team and then the Lakers have to decide if they want to match it or not.

The 23-year-old is coming off a career year in 2017-18. He averaged 16.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists, shooting 55.8 percent from the field in 82 games.

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue Randle this summer.