The New York Knicks and Julius Randle have reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $63 million.
Randle spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans after playing four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. The bruising big man has per game averages of 15.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists across his five-year career.
This was an obvious pivot after the Knicks missed on Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard. Reportedly, the Knicks were not willing to give Durant max money in the wake of his Achilles injury.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports confirmed the deal and also added that the third year contains a team option for the Knicks. This isn’t a bad deal for the Knicks.
Of course, it’s painful for fans to see Durant and Irving head to the Brooklyn Nets. However, Randle fits in with the current roster’s timeline and he should bring a rugged, physical presence to the frontcourt. It should be fun to watch Randle and Mitchell Robinson run and gun together.
It’s not going to be easy for the Knicks to swallow, but it’s time to recommit to the slow and steady rebuild. Let Randle, Robinson, Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr., RJ Barrett, and the rest of the young Knicks core play big minutes.
The championship window has been pushed back, yet again, but Julius Randle isn’t a bad player to add to the mix in New York.