Julius Randle agrees to 3-year, $63 million deal with Knicks
Free agent Julius Randle has agreed to a three-year, $63M deal with the New York Knicks, CAA agents Aaron Mintz and Steve Heumann tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Randle is coming off a career year with the New Orleans Pelicans, putting up 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Randle also had some massive games — including a 45-point explosion in March against the Portland Trail Blazers — that were proof he can carry the load on offense when needed to.
The power forward is most notable for his bowling ball type of play. He’ll gladly try to outwork and outmuscle anyone in the NBA, and he has a surprisingly quick step.
Remarkably, Randle shot a career-high 2.7 threes per game in 2018-19. He wasn’t just shooting in bulk though, as he recorded a career-best 34.4 percent from deep. Adding that to his dangerously good slashing skills and you have an all-around talent on offense.
Randle is “undersized” at 6-foot-9, which leads some to believe he’s ineffective on defense. However, he uses his strength to stand his ground and that’s important when players are trying to get to the paint on him.
Overall, Randle was a fantastic player last year and more than deserving of a big contract this offseason. The Knicks might not have gotten the superstars everyone was hoping for, but honestly, Randle is a great consolation prize.