New York Knicks All-Star power forward Julius Randle has agreed to a four-year, $ 117 million contract extension, bringing the total value of his deal to five years and $ 140 million, agents Aaron Mintz and Steven Heumann said. from CAA Sports to ESPN.
The extension includes a player option in the final season in 2025-26.
Randle had an outstanding season for the Knicks, winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award and All-NBA Second Team honors on his way to lead the franchise back to the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. .
Randle could have waited for his contract to expire next season and sign a new $ 200 million contract, but now extending his current salary of $ 19.8 million to 2021-22 gives the Knicks financial flexibility to shape their roster and allows him to committing at your best to a franchise and a city you love, and one that has come to love you back.
The 26-year-old Randle thrived under NBA Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau, averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Randle helped bring the Knicks back to the postseason and became something of a cult basketball hero in New York for playing such an important role in revitalizing the Knicks.
Randle came to the Knicks on a three-year free agent contract in 2018 after two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans and four with the Los Angeles Lakers. Randle was Kentucky’s No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA draft.