In the war zone that is NBA Free Agency, many stories get swept under the rug or just obliterated by Woj Bomb after Woj Bomb. I feel like that is exactly what happened to Julius Randle.
Since Randle isn’t one of the biggest names in the league, his free agency move sort of got left in the wake of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker. Not to mention that everyone will be talking about Kawhi Leonard nonstop until he signs. But Randle had one of the biggest days out of the non all star camp.
The Knicks signed Julius Randle to a 3-year, $63 million contract on Sunday. If he wasn’t being paid handsomely, and I mean Chris Hemsworth handsome, to go to the Knicks I would absolutely hate this move. Since Anthony Davis took his ball and went home last season after his Lakers’ move fell apart at the trade deadline, Randle had to put the team on his back. Now, he has to do that again without the help of Jrue Holiday. With a now stacked Eastern Conference, it will be even harder to make the playoffs.
Posting an impressive 21 points and 8 rebounds a game last season, Randle should have been a little hotter of a commodity this free agency. Regardless, he got the money he wanted and gets the chance to improve even more in a place where the pressure is solely focused on the owner. Three more 21 and 8 seasons could make him one of the biggest names in the 2022 summer.
Remember when the Knicks were supposed to get KD, Kyrie and Zion?