Will Juilus Randle Fall into Los Angeles Lakers’ Lap During 2014 NBA Draft?

Once considered a potential top-three pick in the upcoming NBA draft, Julius Randle’s stock has slipped steadily in recent weeks. With the No. 7 pick, the Los Angeles Lakers could be the beneficiary of the drop.

At issue is the Kentucky forward’s right foot. Broken during his senior year in high school, the foot reportedly never properly healed.

According to Jeff Goodman for ESPN, the situation has some NBA teams concerned:

“According to several team executives, the 6-foot-9 Kentucky forward's broken right foot hasn't healed correctly -- and sources confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report that Randle may need surgery after the June 26 NBA draft that will keep him out of summer league.”

Randle, a bruising 6’9” forward with the ability to score and rebound at will, took to Twitter to respond: "I never do this but it was brought to me and it's crazy how people put stories out there and have no clue what they are talking about.”

Randle’s mother, Carolyn Kyles, also weighed in, telling Kyle Tucker from Louisville's The Courier-Journal that there is no surgery scheduled whatsoever and pointing toward his recent workout for the Orlando Magic, who currently own the No. 4 pick:

"Call Orlando and ask about Julius' vertical and his speed when he tested there. It increased from what he tested at the NBA combine. If he is scheduled for surgery, why is he doing all these workouts?"

Regardless of the family’s assertions, injury reports do have an effect, and it doesn’t take much for a slide to gain momentum.

Will Los Angeles take him if he falls that far?

For Randle’s part, that result would be just fine. During the NBA Chicago predraft combine, the high-energy forward expressed enthusiasm for the possibility of playing with Kobe Bryant, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Da...

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