It’s been a rough day for New York Knicks fans, but the opening day of NBA free agency isn’t going to end without at least one big signing for the team. Former New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle is on his way to Madison Square Garden.
According to Randle’s agents via ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the 24-year-old forward is joining the Knicks on a three-year, $63 million deal. Randle is coming off a superb year with the Pelicans that included a career-high 21.4 points per game in 73 appearances.
The signing comes hours after the Knicks lost the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sweepstakes to the Brooklyn Nets. The team has been raked over the coals for hours by furious fans and pundits alike for their seemingly incompetent handling of free agency.
Though Randle is unlikely to inspire many Knicks fans to buy season tickets or even go to more games, he is hardly a scrub.
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
The former Kentucky star was the No. 7 overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014, and averaged a double-double in his first full season with the team in the 2015-16 season.
In four seasons with the struggling Lakers, Randle averaged 13.5 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game, and 2.6 assists per game.
He was a free agent after the 2017-18 season and signed with the Pelicans on a two-year, $18 million contract before his breakout campaign with the team.