Julius Randle was a bit of a savior for the Knicks franchise last season – and now, he’s “committing his prime” to help the ‘Bockers try to reach the mountaintop.
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed via Randle’s agents Thursday morning that the power forward is signing a four-year, $117 million extension with New York, which includes a player option on the final season in 2025-26.
Randle has one year and $19.8 million left on his current deal, and could’ve waited until next summer to try to cash in on a max contract, but according to SNY’s Ian Begley, Randle chose this route so that the Knicks could have some financial flexibility moving forward:
Randle, 26, averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists for the Knicks last season, earning Most Improved Player of the Year honors and becoming the face of a team that finished fourth in the Eastern Conference under new coach Tom Thibodeau.
In a Players’ Tribune essay earlier this year, Randle said he wants to “retire as a Knick,” and said that “more than any team I’ve ever been on, it feels like we have a collective purpose.”
The Knicks re-signed Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel in the first week of free agency, and also added former Celtic Evan Fournier on a four-year deal and inked guard Kemba Walker after he was bought out by Oklahoma City.
The team now knows it has Randle to add to that core long-term, while also still retaining some important cap space in 2022-23.
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