Still looking for that special NBA team you can attach yourself to right before they turn the corner and make several playoff runs so no one can call you a bandwagon fan? Well, look no further, folks. Julius Randle apparently has interest in joining former Kentucky star Devin Booker on the Phoenix Suns, according to John Gambadoro.
Have heard that Free Agent Power Forward Julius Randle has interest in the Phoenix Suns. And I fully expect the Suns to consider him as well.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) May 31, 2019
Now obviously this is far from set in stone, but it is a pairing that makes sense, especially if the Suns do have a mutual interest. Randle could get a long term deal from Phoenix in the price range that matches his value (I’d guess anywhere from $18-22 million per season) and he would be a key piece to the future of the franchise.
With Booker tied along for another five seasons, Deandre Ayton entering the second year of his rookie-scale contract, and the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, Phoenix could build a core around those three pieces plus Randle. Ideally, they’ll use this pick on a point guard to slot next to Booker.
The Randle and Ayton pairing could be a brute force in the paint and if Ayton can come along on the defensive end, the two could build a deadly frontcourt duo.
Since the New Orleans Pelicans future is dependent on an inevitable Anthony Davis trade, and even more inevitably, the drafting of Zion Williamson, Randle might not even be a piece that the Pelicans wish to continue with. A full rebuild might be in order for New Orleans. Randle is only 24 and coming off the best season of his career. He’s going to be looking for a team that can prioritize him in both the offense and on the salary sheet. Phoenix fits that description quite well.
The forward averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game in 73 appearances as a member of the Pelicans last season while shooting over 52 percent from the field.