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Knicks make long-term move for Julius Randle backup

Julius Randle Norvel Pelle Knicks

Julius Randle and the New York Knicks scored a couple of big wins on Wednesday evening both on and off the court. In Madison Square Garden, the Knicks continue to peak at the right time with another impressive home win against the Atlanta Hawks. Off the court, they managed to beef up their frontcourt with a low-key signing that could prove to be a game-changer come playoff time as they snagged center Norvel Pelle.

Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news on Twitter:

The 28-year-old big man will immediately add some much-needed length in the Knicks frontline, which is currently spearheaded by vets like Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson. However, both of them have joined Mitchell Robinson on the injury list after getting hurt in their OT win against the Hawks.

The addition of Pelle gives head coach Tom Thibodeau some more depth to help manage everyone’s minutes as the Knicks’ playoff push continues.

Pelle has been on one heck of a journey in his basketball career which now finds him playing at the mecca of basketball. Earlier this year, the Antiguan-Lebanese center found himself in a couple of 10-day situations with the Sacramento Kings and, more recently, the Brooklyn Nets. Now, he’s hoping that he could bring his length and athleticism to the surging Knicks.

All this should trickle down and help stars like Randle can focus on what he has to do which is get some buckets. The first-year All-Star has been nothing short of fantastic for his team all season and continues to lead New York to the middle of the East’s playoff race. He dropped 40 points and 11 rebounds against the Hawks on Wednesday.