Julius Randle is coming off his most productive season in the NBA. Now, he’s looking to get paid. One of the teams looking to add the former Kentucky big? The New York Knicks.
According to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, both Randle and the Knicks share a mutual interest.
“New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle and the Knicks also have mutual interest, according to sources,” Spears wrote.
Randle posted a career-high 21.4 points per game to go along with 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists on over 52 percent shooting from the field. The 24-year old bet on himself last summer by signing a two-year, $18 million deal with a player option after year one. He was betting that he could bolster his stock and head into this summer with plenty of suitors, and that is exactly what he did.
The Knicks are expected to have at least two maximum salary spots for two potential free agents with most eyes fixed on Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving. However, if we know anything about the Knicks, it’s that they love to strike out on big time free agents and then settle for whatever is left. Randle will look to command a hefty contract – one with a long term deal and upwards of $15 million per year. New York can offer him that (and plenty more) but my guess is they’ll wait to see how things shake out initially before really hunting after Randle. He’ll have teams begging for him to at least come in for an interview, anyway. He shouldn’t wait on the Knicks and I don’t expect him to do so.
Also, in the same paragraph of the Spears article, he mentions that the Knicks will also look to add Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, but he did not specify if there was a mutual interest.
A Randle/Cousins frontcourt would be all sorts of crazy, stupid, fun. Throw in Kevin Knox and I’ll move to New York and buy season tickets. Although, it probably wouldn’t do so great in terms of winning basketball games. But whatever. I’m here for it.