Lakers' Randle, Cavs' Hood will be restricted free agents

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jun 28 2018 10:24 AM

Forward Julius Randle received a qualifying contract offer from the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, and the Cleveland Cavaliers plan to hand a qualifying offer to swingman Rodney Hood before the Friday deadline, according to multiple media reports.

As a result, Hood and Randle will be restricted free agents this summer.

Others who received qualifying offers, according to various media reports, include Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans and Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet and forward Malcolm Miller.

On Tuesday, various reports said qualifying offers were received by Dallas Mavericks swingman Doug McDermott and guard Yogi Ferrell, Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw, and Utah Jazz guards Dante Exum and Raul Neto and forward Georges Niang.

However, multiple reports Wednesday said the Mavericks have withdrawn McDermott's offer in order to clear his cap hold (about $10 million), although they still have interest in retaining him.

Per various media reports, the list of players who didn't get a qualifying offer, making them unrestricted free agents, includes Atlanta Hawks guards Malcolm Delaney and Josh Magette, Detroit Pistons guard Kay Felder and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Marcus Georges-Hunt.

Hood, 25, was acquired midseason by the Cavaliers from the Utah Jazz, but he wound up as a bit-part player for Cleveland in the postseason. In 17 playoff games, he made one start and averaged 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

In the regular season, he started 11 of his 21 games for the Cavs and 23 of his 60 games overall. He produced averages of 14.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists on the season. That production prompted the Cavaliers to give him a reported $3.4 million qualifying offer.

Randle, 23, got a $5.6 million qualifying offer from the Lakers, according to multiple media outlets. His potential place with the team is questionable, though, with Los Angeles reportedly pursuing LeBron James and potentially Kawhi Leonard.

While playing all 82 games last season, including 49 starts, Randle averaged a career-high 16.1 points, though his rebounds (eight per game) and assists (2.6 per game) were down from the previous year.

Nurkic, 23, also put up a career-best scoring average last season, 14.3 points per game, in addition to grabbing nine rebounds per game.

Free agency negotiations are permitted beginning Sunday, with players officially allowed to sign beginning July 6. Teams who tendered restricted free agents will be given an opportunity to match any offer sheet signed with another team.

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