Off a breakout season, as the New York Knicks returned to the playoffs, Julius Randle has been rewarded with a nice contract extension.
Knicks and a contract extension for Randle
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks and Randall have agreed to a four-year contract extension. It’s worth $117 million. His current contract is 5 years and totals $140 million. According to Randall’s agent, they have a vested interest in communicating the contract as actively as possible.
According to Wojnarowski, the fourth year of the new contract (2025-26) is a player option. Randall set a career-high almost across the board last season (24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists per game; 41.1% from three-point range), and he was also selected to the NBA’s All-NBA Second Team. He is common among those who like to claim to be second in a truly good team, rather than stars whose names are too obvious to mention.
As Wojnarowski said, Randall could have waited until the contract expires next summer. At least, before signing a new contract worth $200 million. Instead, at his peak, he chose a comfortable and safe position. Somehow, he just passed his 27th birthday-November 29, while giving the Knicks the flexibility to build a viable place around him in the coming years.
Doing so in the right way is a different kind of conversation. But it is also easy to react to a mistake that is considered a free agent immediately before the evidence emerges. In hindsight, Randall’s deal may look bad, because this offseason may be the peak of his bankable value. But the Knicks regard him as a part of the core. Whether it is right or wrong, they will not let him escape.
Tom Thibodeau’s first season as the head coach went well for the New York Knicks. He became the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 41-31 record. The representative figure of that revival was Julius Randle.
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