Julius Randle
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The New York Knicks and Julius Randle have “mutual interest” in one another this summer according to one report.

The New York Knicks have a ton of options going into this summer. Free agency begins on June 30, and there is no shortage of superstars on the market. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard are all garnering a ton of noise.

However, there’s one player that could end up being an overlooked and underrated signing this summer. It’s big man Julius Randle.

The former Los Angeles Laker spent one season with the New Orleans Pelicans, but he recently declined his player option for the 2019-20 season. This means Randle will become a free agent come this upcoming Sunday.

And according to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, there’s good news for Knicks fans who want Randle on the roster next season.

“New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle and the Knicks also have mutual interest, according to sources,” writes Spears.

Randle chose to opt out of his contract right after Anthony Davis was traded to the Lakers. This came after the Pelicans received Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram in that trade. Randle was teammates with all three of those guys in Los Angeles and could’ve reunited with them in New Orleans.

However, Randle played himself into a better contract after posting an excellent year with the Pelicans. In 73 games last year, Randle averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. If he were to join the Knicks, he would be able to team up with a promising young core including rookie RJ Barrett.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.