Randle sustained broken leg in league debut….
Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott has confirmed that rookie star Julius Randle will feature in the NBA Summer League as he recovers from injury.
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Randle is expected to make a full recovery in time to play in the event this summer, and Scott sees it as a key process in completing his rehabilitation.
The young prospect was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 Draft, but he broke his leg mid-way through his team’s opener against the Houston Rockets on October 28.
Although he was expected to make a complete recovery after undergoing surgery, the Lakers have not provided a clear timetable on his return and are keen to ensure that he is given all the time required to get back to full health.
“Definitely,” Scott said when asked if Randle would be recovered by mid-July, as reported by ESPN.
“Julius obviously is getting healthy, and the summer for him is going to be big for us as well.”
Scott added that he hopes to see Randle and fellow rookie Jordan Clarkson “dominate” in the Summer League, and he’s excited to see them grow and develop their game ahead of an important year for the franchise next season.
With Kobe Bryant entering the final year of his current contract, which is expected to be his last, the Lakers will be keen to compete and give their star veteran an opportunity to go out with a significant level of success.
However, general manager Mitch Kupchak insisted that they wouldn’t do that by adding veterans for an immediate boost, as they are committed to rebuilding with young stars that can lead the franchise forward for years to come.