The L.A. Lakers exercise team options on three vital parts of their young core

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The L.A. Lakers got off to an exciting start for the 2016-17 season with a hard-fought 114-120 victory over the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center.

Two players vital to that victory were the young duo of Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell.

Russell dropped 20 points with three assists while Randle stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one block.

Just hours before, the Purple and Gold announced that they have exercised their team options on Russell, Randle and Larry Nance Jr for the 2017-18 season.

For Randle, this would be his fourth-year option which is his final one. After next year Randle will become a restricted free agent, though that may seem like it has come quick to some people as the power forward missed all but 14 minutes of his rookie season with an injury.

For Russell and Nance, that would mark their third-year options. They will both be in the same situation as Randle a year from now, as is normal for first-round draft picks.

Both Russell and Randle have showcased All-Star potential during the past year and are vital to the Lakers' future, especially under the high-tempo coaching of Luke Walton.

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