Free agent forward / center Julius Randle has agreed a three-year, $ 63 million deal with New York Knicks, CAA agents Aaron Mintz and Steve Heumann told ESPN on Sunday.
Randle has developed into one of the NBA's most versatile offensive frontcourt players.
Randle, 24, had the best NBA campaign in his five-year career last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 21.4 points at 52% shot, 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
The Knicks followed up the Randle deal by beating a two-year, $ 20 million deal with 10-year-old veteran agent Taj Gibson, his agent Mark Bartelstein, said. Gibson, 34, comes from his second season with Minnesota Timberwolves, with an average of 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds.
The Knicks also landed the freeman Bobby Portis for two years and $ 31 million, Bartelstein told ESPN. Portis, 24, was traded from Chicago to Washington in February and averaged 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds for the season.
Randle had signed a two-year, $ 18 million deal with pelicans a year ago in a tight financial market that included a player's opportunity – which he refused to become a free agent. Before his time with New Orleans, Randle spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, who chose him seventh overall in the 2014 draft from Kentucky.
NBA free agent contracts cannot be officially signed until Saturday.