Reports: Knicks to make Randle their first big signing

NBA.com Global on Jul 01, 2019 08:10 AM
Reports: Knicks to make Randle their first big signing
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.

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 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.

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