If nothing happens, Randle stands to be a restricted free agent in 2022. “We’ll see when we get to that time,” Randle said. “But right now, I’m really just focused on what we have to do as a team. That’s so far ahead in the future. When that time presents itself I’ll be ready, we’ll talk or whatever, but I’m really just focused on this team, first off getting a win [Thursday] going into All-Star break, getting my body right so I’m healthy, staying on top of what I have to, starting off the second half of the season strong. That’s where my focus is right now.”
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Steve Popper: Julius Randle on looking into a long-term future with Knicks: “When I came here almost two years ago that was the plan. I wanted to be here long term. I want to be a Knick. So my thoughts never changed. I would definitely love to be here long term.”
Despite his relationship with Randle, a CAA client, Rose is certainly open to either dealing Randle or not executing his contract option for the 2021-22 season, though in that case, he still would count for $4 million on the salary cap. Leading into the Feb. 6 trade deadline, the Knicks were willing to move Randle and had talks with Charlotte.
The New York Knicks announced today that the team has signed five players: Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Bobby Portis and Julius Randle. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Wayne, Taj, Elfrid, Bobby and Julius to New York,” said Scott Perry, general manager, New York Knicks. “Collectively, we’re adding a mix of extremely talented and experienced multi-dimensional players who will improve our team as we continue building out a deep and versatile roster. These players are all tough-minded, motivated and ready to compete, and we’re excited to have them as part of the Knicks family.”
Steve Popper: Now hearing from league sources that there is just a partial guarantee on the third year for Randle – which sounds like a team option to me.
Adrian Wojnarowski: 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.
Chris Haynes: The three-year, $63 million deal Julius Randle agreed to with the New York Knicks contains a team option on the final year, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Ramona Shelburne: The Knicks and owner Jim Dolan were not prepared to offer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury, league sources tell me and @Adrian Wojnarowski. Knicks officials are in Los Angeles tonight, meeting with free agents such as Julius Randle.
They’ve been reportedly linked to Julius Randle, Bobby Portis,and Terry Rozier, and, according to sources, have shown interest in bringing back Noah Vonleh and Lance Thomas. They haven’t expressed interest in taking back other teams’ problematic contracts to add long-term assets, preferring to prioritize only adding players who can help them be more competitive next season.
Nets Daily: If you’re wondering whether @Julius Randle is a legitimate possibility for Nets, I’m told he is. So is @Tobias Harris. No idea at what salary level but interest is mutual with both.
Jordan Schultz: Julius Randle has a strong market entering FA. The #Nets, #Knicks, #Bulls/#Kings are all interested in Randle and have all emerged as realistic possibilities, sources tell ESPN. Randle, 24, averaged 21.4 PPG 8.7 RPG and 3.1 APG on a career-best 34.4 percent 3 for NOLA last year.
League sources confirmed to SNY that the Knicks are also considering making a significant short-term offer to DeMarcus Cousins. But some in the organization have said that going after younger players like Randle and Portis is a priority that’s ahead of pursuing Cousins, who will be 29 at the beginning of next season.
The Bulls are expected to express early interest in free-agent forward Julius Randle, league sources said. Randle is expected to receive interest from several teams, including the Knicks and Nets, according to sources.
Other free agents on the Knicks’ radar include their own free-agent center DeAndre Jordan, Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins and twins Markieff and Marcus Morris. New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle and the Knicks also have mutual interest, according to sources.
Julius Randle is once again a free agent. Dallas Mavericks fans are once again clamoring for their hometown team to sign this hometown guy. All of which leaves me having to once again tap the brakes on any Randle-to-Dallas rush. […] But no, Dallas does not have him high on its wish list.
But I’m told most people at Mavs HQ are not fully sold that he’s a vastly different player than he was a year ago when Dallas had an opportunity to pursue the 6-foot-9 power forward last season, but watched him end up in New Orleans for a seeming bargain price of just $8.6 million. And by “watched him,” I mean Dallas did not bother making a bid.
If the stars don’t align for the Knicks, Mills could take his $74 million in cap space and try one-year deals with some of the better free agents. Or in a long-term deal pursue former Laker and Pelican Julius Randle, whom they like, or take a flier on former No. 2 pick Jabari Parker, who has been an injury-riddled bust.
John Gambadoro: Have heard that Free Agent Power Forward Julius Randle has interest in the Phoenix Suns. And I fully expect the Suns to consider him as well.
Perhaps Davis’ departure will open up the opportunity Randle has been looking for. It would make a ton of sense for the Pelicans to bring him back at the right price, and sources have told The Athletic there has been mutual interest expressed on both sides for a new deal this summer.
He says he’ll wait until the summer to make his final decision, but he’s enjoyed his time with the Pelicans and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him re-sign with them even if Davis — one of his good friends and the person that convinced him to come to New Orleans — is headed out the door. “In the summertime, I’ll weigh the pros and cons of everything and what works best,” Randle said. “Honestly, it’s been great for me here. I’m loving it, I’m enjoying every second of it. My family’s happy here. It’s been a good situation. When we get to the summertime we’ll see what happens, but for now, I’m just enjoying the moment. I realize anything can happen in this business, but I’m enjoying it so far.”
Julius Randle: I try not to look too much into next summer. Obviously, you know it’s there. But like I said, (agent) Aaron (Mintz) did a great job of preparing me for everything last summer. We knew what the situation was. There wasn’t a lot of money out there, there weren’t a lot of teams with cap space, and all that. So for me to come here, we felt like it was the best basketball decision. To be here, play here, for me to thrive as a player. And that’s really how we looked at it. When the summer comes around in 2019, we’ll revisit that and go from there, but for me I’m just enjoying the situation I’m in right now. Enjoying playing basketball, having fun and hopefully winning some more games. That’s all I can really focus on now.
Will Guillory: Julius Randle reiterates that he wants his move to New Orleans to be a “long-term thing” and he says it’s “a perfect situation for a basketball player”
Will Guillory: Pelicans officially announce the signings Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton pic.twitter.com/teCc80vlpW
Free-agent center Julius Randle, fresh off a career season with the Los Angeles Lakers, agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal to join the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Julius Randle has agreed to a two-year, $18M deal with New Orleans, league sources tell ESPN. Player option second year.
Ramona Shelburne: According to multiple sources Julius Randle asked to be renounced by the the Lakers once it became clear his role could dramatically change this season and the team wasn’t interested in making a longer term commitment to him.
Bobby Marks: Teams that have $10M+ in cap space for Julius Randle include: Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento. The Nets could join the group but will depend on a potential Dwight Howard buyout.
Albert Nahmad: Lakers, after renouncing Julius Randle and giving Rajon Rondo his 1-year, $9M deal, have $5.7M of cap room remaining. Stretching Luol Deng this summer would add $9.8M. Trading him adds $17.2M. Up to $22.8M total.
Albert Nahmad: Lakers, after renouncing Julius Randle, have $13.8M cap room. Stretching Deng adds $9.8M. Trading him adds $17.2M. If they use it to sign player(s) to one-year deal(s), it’d leave a max slot for Kawhi Leonard next summer.
Shams Charania: Sources: Lakers restricted free agent Julius Randle hasn’t yet received an offer from L.A., but has excitement for arrival of LeBron James. Randle’s representatives and the Lakers are expected to speak Monday, hopeful of potential offer to retain him.
Julius Randle went, in one season, from a cap casualty to legitimately valuable role player. It seems that wasn’t enough to convince the Lakers to make him feel wanted, though, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. This would be quite a disappointing development in an offseason that’s already seen the Los Angeles Lakers miss out on Paul George. Here’s what Aldridge had to say about what he’s heard regarding talks between Randle and the Lakers: “Julius Randle has made it clear that I don’t think he really wants to be back there, so are you putting money into a guy that doesn’t really want to be back there?”
Mark Deeks: The sign and trade possibility for Julius Randle exists until he is renounced. And based on the moves so far, he doesn’t need to be. In this era of again-limited cap space, the sign-and-trade may become a thing again, let’s not discount the possibility.
Bobby Marks: The $4.4M contract for Lance Stephenson is for the room midlevel exception. The Lakers only have the minimum exception unless they renounce Julius Randle.
Kevin O’Connor: The Suns are interested in Rockets free agent forward Trevor Ariza, per sources. Avery Bradley and Julius Randle also mentioned as targets. The Suns can create around $18 million in salary cap space.
Tania Ganguli: The Lakers announced they’ve extended a qualifying offer to Julius Randle. This is a procedural move to make sure they retain his rights as he becomes a restricted free agent this weekend. They haven’t done any actual negotiation with Randle about his future yet.
The national media is simply badminton’ing back to you information you already had. … and I’ll repeat here for the record, an example: Julius Randle might end up being a Dallas target, but I’m told the Mavs are aiming “much higher” than that.
Julius Randle on his impending restricted free agency: “I try to separate emotions from business. I know sometimes they go hand in hand, you spend four years in a place, it kind of goes hand in hand. But honestly, I’m just so focused on my craft and continuing to get better as a player. It’s an exciting time to be a [restricted] free agent, it’s an exciting time. Even more exciting for me is the ability to get better and build off this year. So I mean it might be an emotional time, I don’t know, I’ve never been through this process before but I’ll try to separate [business and emotion] and really just try and enjoy the process and things and educate myself. My team, my agent, everybody has done a great job of educating me on the whole thing and I feel prepared.”
Julius Randle on what he values as far as culture when he considers teams in free agency: “I just feel like culture is important. I feel like having an identity as a team of who you wanna be is really important. You look at the teams who are in the conference finals right now: Boston has an identity and a culture, Houston, Cleveland Golden State, those teams have a culture that makes them successful. I think a reason we had success was because we bought into the way we wanted to play every night with the Lakers. So I feel like identity, culture and direction are really important, and I feel like if you get all the players to buy into that, then everybody has success. Because then you know what you’re working for and how you fit into that.”
Julius Randle on the Lakers not negotiating an extension with him last summer in favor of holding onto their cap space: “I feel like I really had no choice but to separate it [his feelings from the business side of basketball]. I think the extension [had] to be done the day before the season, but I really didn’t have a choice. I had to focus on what I could control. I couldn’t control not getting that extension or whatever happened throughout the year with coming off the bench. I could just control what I could control. That’s just like my preparation, the work that I put in, my focus, my attention, my energy, you know, all those things I could control. I knew that I put in the work, so it was only a matter of time before everything would line up and I just feel like I’m in a better position anyway this summer than if I had worked out an extension last summer. So I guess it’s just funny how life works.”
Ever since word spread in league circles in March that Dirk Nowitzki would return to the Mavericks for his 21st season, there have also been rumblings that the Dallas front office will look to make additions this summer that can put the team back on a winning track. The Mavericks can create space to sign a max free agent, and multiple league sources expect them to pursue a trio of big men: DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, and restricted free agent Julius Randle. If the Mavericks do indeed plan to pursue expensive bigs in free agency, then it’d make sense to target a primary scorer, like Porter, rather than Bamba.
While the Lakers have not begun hard negotiations with Randle, they have kept the line of communication open with his representatives. Randle will be a restricted free agent this summer. The Lakers will have the option to match any offer he receives on the market.
Mike Trudell: Julius Randle said Magic and Rob Pelinka congratulated him on his play throughout the season. They told him they’ll “be in contact with my agent” about what comes next.
Mike Trudell: Randle on upcoming (restricted) free agency and if he wants to stay with the team that drafted him: “I love it here. It’d be amazing to be here, and hopefully both sides can come to something.”
Harrison Faigen: Randle said he didn’t expect to get an extension, and he hoped to show “growth” as a player after it didn’t happen
Randle will become a restricted free agent this summer. Though the Lakers would like to keep him, his future will hinge on how much money another team is willing to pay and the success the Lakers have wooing LeBron James and Paul George. If Randle’s time with the Lakers is running out, he’s made the most of it, averaging a career-high 16.2 points while grabbing eight rebounds per game. Randle ranks 10th in the NBA in field goal percentage at 55.8 percent, and on Friday he corralled his 25th double-double and 12th in his past 15 games.
After a roller-coaster first season under Walton, Randle’s future remained uncertain. The Lakers asked him to cut his body fat, so he attacked that with the help of a trainer, a nutritionist and his wife, who made sure all his meals were ready after each workout. He changed his shape dramatically, proudly posting photos of his new chiseled physique on social media.
The Lakers had the opportunity to lock in Randle before the season on an extension starting at $12.4 million, the amount of his cap hold, according to a person privy to the stalled negotiations. The team wasn’t ready to commit to Randle over the possibility of landing two stars this summer.
“It would be tough to say no to L.A., honestly,” Randle said with a chuckle when asked how much he wants to remain a Laker. “It is the place that drafted me. I would love to be here. I have to do what is best for the family and hopefully they want me here as well.”
But then Randle talks about what he has done this season, and a sense of calmness comes over him. “I knew I had a place in this league,” Randle adds of his play this season. “Whether it was here or not.”
ESPN’s Bobby Marks estimates Randle’s market to be around $12-14 million per year, and a team such as Dallas, Brooklyn, Atlanta or Sacramento could have the ability to offer Randle something in the neighborhood of $56 million over four years.
If the Lakers get only one max free agent, or perhaps none, the team’s seventh pick in the 2014 draft could remain with the team, though management likely would want to maintain its cap flexibility for the summer of 2019 in that case. “It would be tough to say no to L.A., honestly,” Randle said with a chuckle when asked how much he wants to remain a Laker. “It is the place that drafted me. I would love to be here. I have to do what is best for the family and hopefully they want me here as well.”
But then Randle talks about what he has done this season, and a sense of calmness comes over him. “I knew I had a place in this league,” Randle adds of his play this season. “Whether it was here or not.”
The Mavericks are probably the favorite to give the Dallas native an offer. Through three games against the Mavs, Randle has averaged 22.3 points, 12 rebounds and 6.3 assists, while shooting 65.1 percent from the field. Dallas projects to have about $18 million ($77 million over four seasons) to offer, more if Wesley Matthews opts out of his contract and/or if the team renounces Doug McDermott.
After this weekend, it’s sort of become a foregone conclusion to some: The Mavs want to attach themselves to DFW native Julius Randle of the Lakers. In trade. Free agency. Something. David Lord and I have been working on this story for a couple of days.
That noted, Los Angeles might also be unlikely to receive those types of offers in the first place, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN: “The biggest obstacle is that he’ll be a restricted free agent in the offseason. In talking to teams, they feel that instead of giving up an asset or first-round pick for Randle, they can just go out and sign him. Give him an offer sheet in the summer and not give up an asset. … If [Lakers] keep him, that’s an indication that they’re going to retain him when we get into the summer.”
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Blake Murphy: Freddie Gillespie will sign a second 10-day contract with the Raptors tomorrow, per a source. No surprise. He played a lot by 10-day standards, impressed, and had Nick Nurse publicly vouch. Would think a partial guarantee through 2021-22 comes Apr 28, barring the unforeseen.
“I wouldn’t say (my passion has been) taken away, that’s probably a little bit too strong,” VanVleet said on Saturday. “But there’s certainly ups and downs to this thing more than I’ve ever experienced in my life. To be honest, this is probably the most unpure year of basketball I’ve ever been a part of, just from the whole league and rushing the season back. “It’s pretty much all about business this year on every level and it’s hard to hide it, you know what I’m saying? The NBA is a great balance of like the pure love and joy of one of the best sports in the world mixed with a billion-dollar industry, and I think this year the industry side has taken precedence over some of the love and the joy.”
“I can sit up here and complain about the NBA all I want to, but I’m a part of it, you know what I’m saying?” VanVleet said. “I’m directly profiting off of it. We did vote on what season we wanted. “But I can point out that this is what it is, and (these are the) the pros and cons that come with that. It’s very conflicting but not so much (because) of my craft, because I just go out there and that’s the way I play and that’s the way I approach every day. I’m (going to) take whatever consequences come with that because this is what I signed up for. But there’s certainly a lot of information that plays a role in all of these things that we’re seeing with our eyes. It’s not as simple as it looks all the time.”
After Celtics star Jayson Tatum scored 44 points to lead his team to a 119-114 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, overcoming a spectacular 47-point performance from Stephen Curry in the process, Tatum said it was a thrill for him to go toe-to-toe with the future Hall of Famer and come out on top. “Just mutual respect,” Tatum said, when asked about the conversation the two had on the court inside TD Garden afterward. “Obviously two big performances. I was glad that we got the win, but obviously he’s one of the all-time greats. “Just to earn his respect and get a win on the same night … it was a good night.”
Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry scored 47 points on Saturday night, becoming the first player since Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to score at least 30 or more points in 10 straight games at age 33 or older. Curry, in his 12th NBA season, acknowledged that this is one of the best stretches he’s ever been on during his storied career.
“Statistically, it is for sure,” Curry said after the 119-114 loss to the Boston Celtics. “This season’s required something a little bit different. I’m trying to meet that moment. It’s a fun brand of basketball, just trying to put wins together with it. And I have supreme confidence; I’ve been blessed with a very special skillset that I’m trying to continue to master and hone and get better at. And that’s showing, the work is showing, so I’m trying to obviously sustain that for this season because it’s required for us to get to where we want to go.”