Reports: Knicks to make Randle their first big signing
NBA.com Global on Jul 01, 2019 08:10 AM
FILE - NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 12: Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 12, 2019 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
After reportedly waffling over offering Kevin Durant a fully guaranteed contract, the New York Knicks decided Julius Randle was next best and available priority.
The Knicks and owner Jim Dolan were not prepared to offer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury, league sources tell me and @wojespn. Knicks officials are in Los Angeles tonight, meeting with free agents such as Julius Randle.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 30, 2019
Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report that Randle and the Knicks had come to terms on a three-year, $63 million contract. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports added that the third year of that contract is a team option.
The three-year, $63 million deal Julius Randle agreed to with the New York Knicks contains a team option on the final year, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 30, 2019
The seventh overall pick of the 2014 Draft, Randle averaged a career-high 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in his lone season with New Orleans after leaving the Lakers via free agency just a year ago. With No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson set to begin a new era for the Pelicans, Randle has seemingly decided to move on to a team in desperate need of talent.
For New York, the move signals a fall-back plan after failing to land any All-Star talent with ample cap space available. Instead, the Knicks will move forward with Randle and third overall pick RJ Barrett.