Randle would have been the polar opposite of the "PERFECT 5" for this team in my opinion. He had a decent season, much of his baskets came from easy looks and hustle plays but aside from that, his game hasn't evolved much throughout his tenure in LA.
I wish him nothing but the best but am glad we aren't paying him long term money, especially with the direction we are headed.
This team doesn't need a skilled 5. It needs a guy that can set screens and finish well close to the basket. Randle fits perfectly. His game didn't need to "evolve". He had a dominant skill from Day 1. He spent only one year exploiting that skill so the evolution should come AFTER this year. You don't add to your game until you perfect what got you here, IMHO.
The issue is would that have been perfect in Randle's POV and I'm not convinced of that.
That's possible though to me, Randle genuinely looked happy this year once he found his nichè. I don't know why that would change this year if he were to essentially play the same exact role. IMHO, playing with LeBron, Rondo and (as we saw last year) Lonzo, Randle would have MORE space to operate and have better passers to finish at the rim.