Agree 100%. Obviously you do everything to keep him, but if we have to lose him to get LBJ and PG, then by all means Julius who?
But . . .
Why is it you have to sacrifice him?
Is there anyone else you can sacrifice to keep him?
Randle is arguably the best player on our roster.
You have a quote from Erik Spoelstra saying, "everybody is trying to find a guy like (him)."
The Lakers have him, but we let him walk. Why?
Because he's not good? It's not that.
Because he doesn't fit with what we're trying to do? It's not that.
He's bad in the locker room? It's not that.
We have a replacement for him already on the roster? It's not that.
All I can see is that we would let him walk because we can't unload Deng's contract.
So, what can be done to get rid of Deng's contract?
Is letting Randle walk for nothing really the Lakers only option for getting George and James?
Or, is attaching another asset (Ingram, Ball, Kuzma, Hart, Bryant, 1st round pick, etc.) also a possibility?
Why is it untenable that we would attach the necessary asset to unload Deng, but we would just let Randle walk away for nothing?
IMO, if it comes to that, then this situation has been poorly managed.