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Julius Randle Signing With Knicks For 3 Years, $63 Million

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

7 Comments for Julius Randle Signing With Knicks For 3 Years, $63 Million

  1. Smyrna_Cat
    8:32 pm June 30, 2019 Permalink

    He’s no Kevin Durant, True … he will actually be able to play next year.

    This was not the worst thing you ever wrote (or found on the Internet).

  2. sportsbird66
    8:57 pm June 30, 2019 Permalink

    Smyrna Cat,do you ever have anything positive to say about the writers here? If you hate it so much,then quit getting on here.

    • terwilliger
      9:19 pm June 30, 2019 Permalink

      Sportsbird the writing on here didn’t used to suck so bad. Perhaps Smyrna is reluctant to leave this site because he remembers a time when the writing was good, like I do. Nothing wrong with him pointing out crappy writing. KSR will hire anybody anymore… it’s a shame. Maybe if people like Smyrna keep pointing it out, the product will improve. Probably not though.

  3. BigBlue4EverUK
    9:18 pm June 30, 2019 Permalink

    Get that bag Randle!!

  4. sportsbird66
    10:25 pm June 30, 2019 Permalink

    Fair enough

  5. Big Bry 1
    8:03 am July 1, 2019 Permalink

    Why has It become popular on ESPN and in other media to downplay Julius Randle? He’s a great player and has the ability to be a top ten NBA player