He’s no Kevin Durant, but the New York Knicks have landed its first free agent of the summer. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, former Kentucky big man Julius Randle has agreed to a monster deal worth $63 million over the course of the next three seasons.
Free agent Julius Randle has agreed to a three-year, $63M deal with the New York Knicks, CAA agents Aaron Mintz and Steve Heumann tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
My initial reaction? Damn… That is a TON of money. Roughly $21 million per season is a bit higher than I would have anticipated but Randle is worth every penny. Last season in New Orleans, Randle averaged 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting over 52 percent from the field. He was one of the most improved players across the entire NBA and was expected to pull himself a tidy little deal.
Now, Randle teams up with former Cat Kevin Knox along with No. 3 overall pick RJ Barrett out of Duke. The Knicks still have plenty of cap space available (especially after swinging and missing on both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving) so this won’t be the last time we hear from them over the next few days.
Depending on who else they add, Randle could be one of the two or three top options for this team going forward. He’s not even 25 yet and coming off his most productive season by a mile – and in a completely untenable environment, I should add. Celebrity life in New York is far different than New Orleans, but Randle does have the experience of a few seasons in Los Angeles. He should fit right in. Now let’s just pray the Knicks can put some talent around him.
Spoiler: they won’t.
UPDATE: Randle’s third season will be a team option. Great deal for both sides.
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