Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle has revealed that he is well on the way to a full recovery as he eyes featuring in the Summer League this year.
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Randle was limited to just 14 minutes of play this season as he suffered a fractured tibia in the Lakers’ opener and then was forced to sit out the rest of the campaign.
While he has since had a second surgery to deal with a screw in his foot relating to an injury back in his college days, he believes that he is finally getting back to full fitness and will hope to use the Summer League to get his rhythm and conditioning back ahead of an important year for the organisation.
Asked if he was 100 percent yet, Randle told Orange County Register: “I believe I am. The last time I checked probably about a month ago, the bone was 95 percent healed. I feel great.”
The Lakers will have plenty to feel optimistic about next year as they look to add another top prospect to their roster with the No.2 overall pick in the NBA Draft 2015.
With either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor likely to be selected, depending on what the Minnesota Timberwolves do with the first selection, the Lakers will have a solid and promising young core to their team moving forward.
As a result, they are likely to be the team to watch at the Summer League with Randle, Jordan Clarkson and either Towns or Okafor forming the base of their starting line-up.
Add the likes of Kobe Bryant and Nick Young along with their free agency acquisitions, and fans should be hopeful of at least being capable of competing for a playoff spot next year.